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.
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Adv.1.tentatively - in a tentative manner; "we agreed tentatively on a dinner date"
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

tentatively

[ˈtɛntətɪvli] adv
(= hesitantly) [smile, nod] → timidement; [suggest] → avec circonspection
(= provisionally) [schedule, arrange, agree] → provisoirement
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

tentatively

[ˈtɛntətɪvlɪ] adv (see adj) → con esitazione, provvisoriamente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
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. I never forgot the strange taste; though it was many years before I knew that those little brown shavings, which the Shimerdas had brought so far and treasured so jealously, were dried mushrooms.
"Perhaps somebody in the house is in love," she said tentatively. "I've heard tell in my younger days that that will cause it.
"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?
After a time she touched the sash tentatively. It seemed as if no longer could she endure the stifling heat.
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.