ten·​ta·​tive·​ly ˈten-tə-tiv-lē How to pronounce tentatively (audio)
: with hesitancy or uncertainty : in a tentative manner
He tentatively agreed to the deal.
Sliding along beside me was a five-foot-long mako shark …. Tentatively, I touched its dorsal fin.Rick Riordan
Once upon a time, tech titans would tentatively suggest, "Our technology can improve your life" …Kentaro Toyama
The network has announced a new series, tentatively titled The Fashion ShowLyndon Stambler

Examples of tentatively in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an email after the FAA announcement, SpaceX said the test is tentatively scheduled for a two-hour window that opens at 8 a.m. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 Paramount also announced two spinoffs, a prequel tentatively called 1944 and a sequel to the current series, called 2024. Nick Lichtenberg, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2023 After tentatively approaching the maiden, the unicorn lays its head in the maiden's lap and falls asleep. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 30 Oct. 2023 City council tentatively approved a plan to earmark up to $300,000 toward the new initiative, which might also include contributions from three other East County cities. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2023 The film is tentatively scheduled for theatrical release in Germany Jan. 18 by Leonine Studios. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 31 Oct. 2023 The driver of a white SUV just off campus tentatively rolled down his window to reveal five hungry students packed inside. Alex Seitz-Wald, NBC News, 27 Oct. 2023 Made in the 1960s, one side shows an unfinished sketch of a man, while the other is a sea of blackness out of which a figure tentatively emerges — rendered as negative space. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2023 The scholar tentatively dated it from 1347 to 1354. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tentatively was in 1819

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“Tentatively.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tentatively. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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