George made a tentative effort to paint his house by himself. He slapped some paint on the front door and his clothes, tipped over the bucket and finally called a professional.
Our plans for the party are tentative at this point, but we are considering hiring a troupe of accordionists to play polkas while our guests are eating dessert.
Hugo believed himself to be a great wit, but his big joke was rewarded by nothing more than a very tentative chuckle from his audience.
Tenuous (TEN yoo us) adj: flimsy, extremely thin
The organization's financial situation has always been tenuous. The balance of the checking account is usually close to zero.
The hostess's tenuous gown, which had been made from a sheet of clear plastic, certainly made her popular with her male guests.
To attenuate is to make thin. Extenuating circumstances are those that lessen the magnitude of something, especially a crime.
Percy admitted that he stole the Cracker Jacks but claimed that there were extenuating circumstances. He had o money to buy food for his pet armadillo.
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