One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Subject to further confirmation; not definitely.‘the project is tentatively scheduled for next year’‘unions tentatively agreed to a three-year contract’
- ‘We can tentatively draw two conclusions that bear on this larger debate.’
- ‘Tentatively, the conference is scheduled for September in Phoenix, Arizona.’
- ‘His first teacher is said to have been Cornelis Buys, identified tentatively with the Master of Alkmaar.’
- ‘We were tentatively booked as the middle act on a three-band cross-Canada tour.’
- ‘Sessions are tentatively scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.’
- 1.1 In a way that lacks confidence; hesitantly.‘"Are you all right?" Claire asked tentatively’‘I walked tentatively across the bridge’
- ‘Worn out by looking after this miserable and ungrateful old man, she tentatively takes to drawing as an outlet for her depression.’
- ‘Ironically, drawing so tightly, so tentatively, helped my painting to be free.’
- ‘He tentatively kisses the woman, who reacts ambivalently.’
- ‘The performance began tentatively but progressed to a rousing, very satisfying conclusion.’
- ‘Tentatively, he reached out to take her hand.’
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