Definition of tentativeness in US English:

tentativeness

noun

  • See tentative

    • ‘And it was this tentativeness which was his downfall.’
    • ‘The performance I attended was the first preview, which perhaps partially accounts for a tentativeness in the acting.’
    • ‘It has a kind of pre-meditated tentativeness; a deliberate uncertainty.’
    • ‘Despite the tentativeness of the headline, do not doubt that the mediation will occur.’
    • ‘However, he played with some uncertainty and tentativeness, and no one is sure just how durable he will be.’

Pronunciation

tentativeness

/ˈten(t)ədivnəs//ˈtɛn(t)ədɪvnəs/