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tentative

(tĕn′tă-tĭv) [L. tentativus, feel, try]
1. Rel. to a diagnosis subject to change because of insufficient data.
2. Indecisive.
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The contrast is not as Batson suggests one of faith versus doubt but one of commitment versus tentativeness and open-mindedness.
But from the kick-off, the visitors played with a mixture of complacency and tentativeness that gave everyone at the Emirates hope.
Wendy Smith, business development manager at information firm Experian Corpfin, said: "The first half of 2011 shows that there is still a degree of tentativeness in the market.
Work after work of the forty-odd pieces in this recent exhibition is subtly--fundamentally--abstract, with scenes of nature emerging from the matrix of gestural marks with hallucinatory tentativeness, as though nature were a mirage overlaid on an abstract scaffolding that is the true artistic building, affording more aesthetic sensations than nature itself.
Also understandable, a tentativeness pervaded Act I, but by the triumphant second scene of Act II Darlington had managed to inspire the OA ensemble to quite thrilling heights of all-stops-out singing and playing.
However, right from the start, there was a tentativeness about their approach play against a club whose fans are known for being unforgiving types if the game isn't going their way.
Specifically, Batson has argued that Allport described features of mature religion--complexity, readiness to face doubt, self-criticism, knowing incompleteness, tentativeness, a continuing search for truth--which he failed to directly assess in the Religious Orientation Scale (Batson et al., 1993).
Gone was the tentativeness which has allowed lesser teams to escape punishment.
By probing into the intellectual roots of the engagement perspective including Dewey's notion of reflective thinking, and Freire's critical pedagogy, this paper provides a critical analysis of the theoretical tentativeness and incoherence of the engagement perspective, and argues consequently for reconceptualizing engagement in reading through miscue research which is built on a unified theory of reading.
One thought proferred with the maximum possible tentativeness is that total goals might be a bit too high at 2.8-3.1 with City for Bradford's first home game of the season, a daunting visit from Chelsea.
This tentativeness infects the direction and the acting.
But in this searching and provocative analysis, the argument is that the poetry reveals an emotional vulnerability not evident in the political assurance, and that Rich has, through a sense of community with younger poets, 'matured into tentativeness' (p.