untenable


un·ten·a·ble

adjective \ˌən-ˈte-nə-bəl\

: not capable of being defended against attack or criticism : not tenable

Full Definition of UNTENABLE

1
:  not able to be defended <an untenable position>
2
:  not able to be occupied <untenable apartments>
un·ten·a·bil·i·ty \ˌən-ˌte-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of UNTENABLE

  1. The Agriculture Department is in an untenable position. With the two hats that it wears—one to protect consumer health and the other to help farmers sell food—it cannot tell us to eat fewer calories. After all, fewer calories generally mean less food, which would fly in the face of the department's mandate to help farmers. —Marian Burros, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2002

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