tentativeness

tentative

[ten-tuh-tiv]
adjective
1.
of the nature of or made or done as a trial, experiment, or attempt; experimental: a tentative report on her findings.
2.
unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant: a tentative smile on his face.

Origin:
1580–90; < Medieval Latin tentātīvus, equivalent to Latin tentāt(us) (past participle of tentāre, variant of temptāre to test; see tempt) + -īvus -ive

tentatively, adverb
tentativeness, noun
nontentative, adjective
nontentatively, adverb
nontentativeness, noun
pretentative, adjective
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tentative (ˈtɛntətɪv)
 
adj
1.  provisional or experimental; conjectural
2.  hesitant, uncertain, or cautious
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin tentātīvus, from Latin tentāre to test]
 
'tentatively
 
adv
 
'tentativeness
 
n

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tentative
1580s, from M.L. tentativus "trying, testing," from L. tentatus, pp. of tentare "to feel, try," (variant of temptare "to feel, try, test"). Related: Tentatively.
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