tentativeness

noun ten·ta·tive·ness \ ˈten-tə-tiv-nəs \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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

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