Dean took a deep breath and crept a few tentative steps into the darkness.
He couldn't go home and let Sarah and Connor see how tentative his composure was.
When they, the immediate successors of Plato, rejected their master's ontology and proposed to themselves as ends mere classificatory sciences which with him had been means, they bartered their hope of philosophic certainty for the tentative and provisional results of scientific experience.
Dean skied a few tentative yards down the slope, took a couple of turns, stopped, and assessed himself.
Cynthia Byrne answered in a tentative voice on the first ring.