Origin of tentative
Examples from the Web for tentatively
Three decades later, the EEGs of distance-separated twins were studied and tentatively found to correlate.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death|Patricia Pearson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The efforts are proceeding slowly and tentatively because the price differential of the fuel is only one factor to consider.
He tentatively suggested that the text is a pastiche compiled by a modern forger with an elementary grasp of Coptic.The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ is Still as Big a Mystery as Ever|Candida Moss|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most evangelical colleges teach evolution, albeit quietly, carefully, and often tentatively, although there are exceptions.
Brosnahan called Lopez three days later and told him he tentatively had a match.Lost and Found in Tijuana: Behind an Amazing American Rescue|Christine Pelisek|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Tentatively he pulled at the container cover, it was as firm as if it had been welded on.Warning from the Stars|Ron Cocking
She felt as though life were tentatively loaning her something which would be taken away after a time.Jennie Gerhardt|Theodore Dreiser
"But Mademoiselle Madeleine is rather a handsome girl," he observed, tentatively.Mlle. Fouchette|Charles Theodore Murray
"There's a poem called 'A Leave-taking,'" said he, tentatively, at length.The Boss of Taroomba|E. W. Hornung
Tentatively, he pushed a slide he remembered touching before.The Worshippers|Damon Francis Knight
Word Origin for tentative
1580s, from Medieval Latin tentativus "trying, testing," from Latin tentatus, past participle of tentare "to feel, try," (variant of temptare "to feel, try, test"). Related: Tentatively.