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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.
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(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
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He crooked the arm next to her - crooked it very slightly and with secret tentativeness, not invitingly, but just casually, as though he was accustomed to walk that way.
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It was a sign of things to come really, illustrating a tentativeness and almost jumpiness in the Rovers defence that was to persist when they were on the back foot.
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It all comes back to that tentativeness I was speaking about, where we lacked the self-belief to take the game to them.
The performance was among the better ones I've heard, though the opening movement was marked by some tentativeness.
In 2008 and 2009, there was a lot of tentativeness about defense stocks going into a downturn.
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