TENTATIVE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of TENTATIVE
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
tentative
 a.  hesitant; not fully worked out or developed; experimental; not definite or positive
Classic Sentence:
1  She spoke with the intention of making him see that, if his words implied a tentative allusion to her private affairs, she was prepared to meet and repudiate it.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 15
2  She held firmly to Mrs. Bry's wavering eye while she gave this explanation, but when it was over Selden saw her send a tentative glance from one to another of the women's faces.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 3
3  He had asked Harry Haydock to be tentative president.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
4  Both Hilda and Constance had had their tentative love-affairs by the time they were eighteen.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 1
5  She also helped him in the morning, and soon valeted him completely, even shaving him, in her soft, tentative woman's way.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 7
6  We improve them gradually, because our ideals are vague and tentative, and our knowledge is very limited; because Nature, too, is shy and slow in our clumsy hands.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Get Context   In IV
7  She glanced tentatively at Selden's motionless profile, and resumed with a slight sigh: "Well, all I can say is, I wish she'd give ME some of her discarded opportunities."
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 1
8  Mrs. Fisher continued to observe her tentatively.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 5
9  In the Bon Ton Store she found Guy Pollock tentatively buying a modest gray scarf.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER X
10  She trundled the go-cart down the back steps and tentatively wheeled it across the yard, proud of her repairs.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXII
11  She threw the package into the stove, but I bit off a corner of one of the chips I held in my hand, and chewed it tentatively.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 1. The Shimerdas: X
12  Then, very gradually, part by part, a pale dangling individual stepped out of the wreck, pawing tentatively at the ground with a large uncertain dancing shoe.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 3
13  Jordan and Tom and I got into the front seat of Gatsby's car, Tom pushed the unfamiliar gears tentatively and we shot off into the oppressive heat leaving them out of sight behind.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 7
Example Sentence:
1  We made a tentative arrangement to meet again next Friday.
2  Political leaders have reached a tentative agreement to hold a preparatory conference next month.
3  Without the results of the blood test, the doctor could only make a tentative diagnosis.
4  He reached some tentative conclusions about the possible cause of the accident.
5  A hypothesis is a tentative statement that proposes a possible.
6  So, again, that's why I couched everything in tentative terms as there's a great amount of contrary evidence, at least within some critical concentrations of the population.
7  Any tentative move towards re-militarisation would trigger alarm bells in China given Japan's history of military aggression in the region.
8  The tentative diagnosis of the cause of death is emaciation, Martin said.
9  I tentatively suggested that she might be happier working somewhere else.