tentatively


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ten·ta·tive

 (tĕn′tə-tĭv)
adj.
1. Not fully worked out, concluded, or agreed on; provisional: tentative plans.
2. Indicating a lack of confidence or certainty; hesitant: tentative steps toward the podium.

[Medieval Latin tentātīvus, from Latin tentātus, past participle of tentāre, to try, variant of temptāre.]

ten′ta·tive·ly adv.
ten′ta·tive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.tentatively - in a tentative manner; "we agreed tentatively on a dinner date"
Translations
prozatimně
foreløbigt
próbaképpen
til bráîabirgîa
geçici olarak

tentatively

[ˈtentətɪvlɪ] ADV
1. (= provisionally) [agree, arrange, plan] → provisionalmente, provisoriamente (LAm)
2. (= hesitantly) [smile] → tímidamente; [say] → tímidamente, con vacilación
he touched one of the boxes tentativelytocó una de las cajas con cuidado

tentatively

[ˈtɛntətɪvli] adv
(= hesitantly) [smile, nod] → timidement; [suggest] → avec circonspection
(= provisionally) [schedule, arrange, agree] → provisoirement

tentatively

adv (= hesitantly) smilezögernd; (= gingerly)vorsichtig; (= provisionally) agreevorläufig; he tentatively suggested a weekend in Brightoner machte den Vorschlag, eventuell ein Wochenende in Brighton zu verbringen

tentatively

[ˈtɛntətɪvlɪ] adv (see adj) → con esitazione, provvisoriamente

tentative

(ˈtentətiv) adjective
1. not final or complete; not definite. We have made a tentative arrangement.
2. uncertain or hesitating. a tentative movement.
ˈtentatively adverb
ˈtentativeness noun
References in classic literature ?
The "Theogony" might be tentatively placed a century later; and the "Catalogues" and "Eoiae" are again later, but not greatly later, than the "Theogony": the "Shield of Heracles" may be ascribed to the later half of the seventh century, but there is not evidence enough to show whether the other `developed' poems are to be regarded as of a date so low as this.
She threw the package into the stove, but I bit off a corner of one of the chips I held in my hand, and chewed it tentatively.
Perhaps somebody in the house is in love," she said tentatively.
Unless," she remarked tentatively, "I came to convert
What did girls expect of boys, sitting on a bench and tentatively striving to find out what love was?
It was true that Professor Beecher had tentatively engaged Jacinto, and had sent word to him to keep other explorers away from the vicinity of the ancient city if possible; but Jacinto, who did not return Professor Bumper's money, as he had promised, had acted treacherously in order to enrich himself.
That young tutor is an interesting fellow: we had some awfully good talk after dinner about books and things," he threw out tentatively in the hansom.
Ghak and Dacor reached a very amicable arrangement, and it was at a council of the head men of the various tribes of the Sari that the eventual form of government was tentatively agreed upon.
Perhaps," he said tentatively, "you do not care to have your name come before the public in connection with a case so notorious as this?
He lifted and advanced his left foot, not tentatively and hesitantly, but quickly and firmly, bringing it to rest on the lion's neck.
He betrayed his apprehension, and started tentatively to go.
You received a good education," she said tentatively.