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tenable

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adjective ten·a·ble \ˈte-nə-bəl\

Simple Definition of tenable

  • : capable of being defended against attack or criticism

Full Definition of tenable

  1. :  capable of being held, maintained, or defended :  defensible, reasonable

ten·a·bil·i·ty play \ˌte-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
ten·a·ble·ness noun
ten·a·bly play \ˈte-nə-blē\ adverb

Examples of tenable

  1. <the soldiers' encampment on the open plain was not tenable, so they retreated to higher ground>

  2. <the tenable theory that a giant meteor strike set off a chain of events resulting in the demise of the dinosaurs>



Origin of tenable

Middle French, from Old French, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre — more at thin


First Known Use: 1579



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