tentativeness

noun
ten·​ta·​tive·​ness | \ ˈten-tə-tiv-nəs How to pronounce tentativeness (audio) \

Definition of tentativeness

: the quality or state of being tentative or hesitant : hesitancy, uncertainty heard a tentativeness in her voice … we also have trouble comprehending the meaning of "hope" as that word is used in the New Testament; for us the term always seems to include an element of uncertainty and tentativeness.— Herbert W. Chilstrom

First Known Use of tentativeness

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tentativeness

tentative entry 1 + -ness

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The first known use of tentativeness was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“Tentativeness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tentativeness. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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