I feel that this would be reeeally, really useful. A term that wraps up this sentence nicely would be swell:

'Yes, though as of during now till then if I think of a logically sound reason why
the thing I just agreed to is actually kinda dumb, I would like the option to not 
do/attend said thing at any time, without it looking irresponsible'.

Because if there's not a term to describe all that. Then there needs to be.

  • Maybe. But it would violate at least three of the Gricean maxims. Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 0:49
  • Don't care needs to happen. Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 0:51
  • You know what, I got it; 'yes but without obligation'. Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 0:52
  • "Provisionally", "tentatively", "potentially"
    – The Nate
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 1:33
  • 4
    In other words, you're looking for appropriate weasel words?
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 1:34

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"I'll pencil it in"

The implication being that it could be easily erased from your calendar.


A lot of people use 'tentatively'.


A firm maybe See the Chicago Tribune for use of firm maybe, although in a different sense from yours.

See also Gifted Leaders

A definite possibility of a firm maybe...


I agree on condition that the project is proved feasible/sound.

A sort of euphemism for "I'm not entirely convinced that this project is worth my time and effort"


'Yes but without obligation'. *


"I wish I could, but I don't want to."


aquiesce (intransitive verb) : to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively —often used with “in” or “to”

Basically, when one refuses to object or stop and permits something to proceed when given a clear choice to stop something and notice that if they don't say anything the person will go ahead?

But this word does suggest a commitment.

It is more than "ignored" or "pretended I didn't hear" etc or "objected but they did it against my will" - it suggests giving permission for something one didn't really agree with but did agree to permit.

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