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[ten-tey-shuh n]
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  1. a method of making mechanical adjustments or the like by a succession of trials.
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Origin of tentation

1875–80; < Latin tentātiōn- (stem of tentātiō) trial, variant of temptātiō. See temptation
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Historical Examples

  • The furnace tryeth the Potters vessell, and tentation of tribulation, trieth good men.

    A Discovrse of Fire and Salt (A Discourse of Fire and Salt)

    Blaise de Vigenre

  • La Tentation proved a source of labor, for he never ceased revising it until it appeared in book form in 1874.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for tentation


  1. a method of achieving the correct adjustment of a mechanical device by a series of trials
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin tentātiō, variant of temptātiō temptation
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