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Hesitant, uncertain, or cautious in manner or approach
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“It was just about 12 years ago that I sat on my living room floor, watching Natalie take her first tentative steps.”
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Subject to one or more conditions or requirements being met
“They have reached a tentative agreement to hold talks next month.”
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Serving as a trial or being experimental in nature
“The complexities of designing are dealt with by using a tentative solution as a rapid means of exploring the situation that the design is to fit.”
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Not proven or substantiated
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“Progress was made in preliminary studies leading toward a tentative theory on the cause and action of rock bursts.”
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Serving the function of someone or something else temporarily
“As I indicated earlier, the allocation is always made on a tentative basis.”
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Not offering, involving, or eager for new or stimulating things
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Not complete or absolute
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Easily anxious or frightened
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Showing or feeling insecurity or uncertainty
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Being in the trial or experimental stage
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Lacking in confidence, assertiveness or self-assurance
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Acting as a substitute or surrogate for another
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