Ped`e*ten"tous\, a. [L. pes, pedis, foot + tendere to stretch out: cf. L. tentim by degrees.] Proceeding step by step; advancing cautiously. [R.]

That pedetentous pace and pedetentous mind in which it behooves the wise and virtuous improver to walk. --Sydney Smith.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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