Pedetentous Ped`e*ten"tous, a. [L. pes, pedis, foot + tendere to stretch out: cf. L. tentim by degrees.] Proceeding step by step; advancing cautiously. [R.] [1913 Webster]

That pedetentous pace and pedetentous mind in which it behooves the wise and virtuous improver to walk. --Sydney Smith. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pedetentous — /ped i tenˈtəs/ adjective Proceeding slowly ORIGIN: L pedentim, temptim, from pēs, pedis foot, and temptāre, ātum to make trial of …   Useful english dictionary

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