There are some words that I see used a certain way only in novels. Sometimes it is in dialogue, but usually it's in narration, to describe an action. It seems to take very different meaning in writing, than the same word used in conversation. They are words that we have heard, and perhaps even understand the definition of, but in narration they seem to have a completely different (and dumbfounding, to me) meaning. Example: "tentative(ly)". What I see with in conjunction with this word is an action being done by someone, but it is done "tentatively". I've never seen this stated anywhere except in novels. There are others, but I can't think of any at the moment. Can someone tell me what is meant by "tentatively" in that sense, and moreover, does anyone notice the same thing? Does anyone not understand what I mean?