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trepidatious Line breaks: trepi|da¦tious
Pronunciation: /ˌtrɛpɪˈdeɪʃəs/

Definition of trepidatious in English:


Apprehensive or nervous; filled with trepidation: if you’re trepidatious about foreign travel, start with an English-speaking country
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  • I'm a bit trepidatious about posting the link to it on here just yet - after all, many projects of mine has risen and collapsed back into ashes in a matter of days or weeks - so I'll give it time to find some legs before I send any readers over to it.
  • Lyrically, this tells the tale of a trepidatious young bride bidding farewell to her tearful mother on the night before her wedding, in a manner that hints that she might not be entirely thrilled by the prospect.
  • Round the camp fire, someone joked that killing a goat was trepidatious, hubris in such a holy and mystical place.



Example sentences
  • I picked up the first season box set trepidatiously, as it's twice the price of most TV boxes and half the size with thirteen episodes, but if any show was worth it, it's this one.
  • Yet we stepped forth trepidatiously because, after all, we recently had to contend with The Keyboard Disaster.
  • Sandler approaches it trepidatiously, contemplates it, and then walks back to his office.

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