tentativeness

noun
ten·​ta·​tive·​ness | \ˈten-tə-tiv-nəs \

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

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