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used in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

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done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
  • This, finally, was what had pained his mother most, the lost years standing between them, their words so tentative and formal where ease and love should have been.
    p. 392.7
tentative = cautious
  • Caroline walked tentatively, floorboards creaking with every step, but no one appeared.
    p. 24.6
  • tentatively = in a cautious unsure manner
  • It was not until they left the office, stepping tentatively into the chill, damp air of the next afternoon, that the loss had finally penetrated.
    p. 37.9
  • A silence followed, and then Bree broke it awkwardly, tentatively, by offering Norah the last piece of buttered bread.
    p. 44.2
  • Tentatively, now, she pushed the silver lever.
    p. 83.3
  • Paul watched his mother embrace his sister and give Phoebe her bouquet; he watched Phoebe's tentative hug in return.
    p. 398.1
tentative = cautious
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