ten·​ta·​tive·​ly | \ ˈten-tə-tiv-lē How to pronounce tentatively (audio) \

Definition of tentatively

: 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…. Tenatively, 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 Show— Lyndon Stambler

First Known Use of tentatively

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tentatively

tentative entry 1 + -ly entry 2

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The first known use of tentatively was in 1819

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to shake or wave menacingly

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