as a trial, experiment, or attempt: Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for the 8th of June.
in a hesitant or uncertain manner: She spoke tentatively, but apparently thought better of it and stopped.
- non·ten·ta·tive·ly, adverb
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How to use tentatively in a sentence
A Superior Court has tentatively sided with the county in that case, but the judge then sought more information from both parties.Morning Report: County Digs in to Keep COVID Data Private | Voice of San Diego | November 19, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership will be housed on campus, tentatively in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, Dawuni said.Howard University receives $1 million to open women’s center | Lauren Lumpkin | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
The plan tentatively agreed to by the Montgomery County Board of Education is a step toward returning children to bricks-and-mortar schools, at least part time, amid the pandemic.Montgomery County tentatively approves plan to reopen school buildings in 2021 | Donna St. George | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Even if this fresh lockdown only lasts a month, as is tentatively planned, that will be tricky in the Berlin winter.A harsh winter is coming for the hospitality sector | David Meyer | October 29, 2020 | Fortune
In the past eight days alone, four important swing states have tentatively extended the deadline by which mail ballots must be received.Why Four Pivotal Swing States Likely Won’t Be Called On Election Night | Nathaniel Rakich (email@example.com) | September 25, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Police tentatively identified the other woman but did not immediately release her name.How ‘MrHandcuffs’ Ended Up With Two Corpses in Suitcases | Michael Daly | June 30, 2014 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
He got a job as a cook in a local hotel, which was reportedly haunted, and began tentatively to put down roots.Death in the Heartland: What Happened to Steven Haataja? | Tim Teeman | March 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We next arranged tentatively for a brick veranda with a pergola top on the southern end of the house, and then went upstairs.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
Stella suggested tentatively a tiny Japanese moon bridge above the pool, but I would have none of it.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
"I mean, I never had a fixed and definite idea that I proceeded to apply, as you have done," she explained tentatively.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete | Gilbert Parker
tentatively he pulled at the container cover, it was as firm as if it had been welded on.Warning from the Stars | Ron Cocking
tentatively, he pushed a slide he remembered touching before.The Worshippers | Damon Francis Knight