Definitions

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  • adj. Proceeding step by step; advancing cautiously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Proceeding step by step; advancing cautiously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Proceeding cautiously, or step by step; advancing tentatively.

Etymologies

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Latin pes, pedis, foot + tendere to stretch out: compare Latin tentim by degrees.

Examples

  • I believe his motives are always pure, and his measures often able; but they are endless, and never done with that pedetentous pace and pedetentous mind in which it behoves the wise and virtuous improver to walk.

    Sydney Smith

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  • Proceeding step by step; advancing cautiously

    June 8, 2008