tenuity

noun
te·​nu·​i·​ty | \ te-ˈnü-ə-tē How to pronounce tenuity (audio) , tə-, -ˈnyü- \

Definition of tenuity

1 : lack of substance or strength
2 : lack of thickness : slenderness, thinness the tenuity of poplars— Edith Wharton
3 : lack of density : rarefied quality or state

Examples of tenuity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s the tenuity of manhood that drives men to seek ways to prove their masculine bona fides. Parker Molloy, Rolling Stone, 25 Apr. 2022

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First Known Use of tenuity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tenuity

Middle English tenuite "thinness," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French tenuité, borrowed from Latin tenuitāt-, tenuitās, from tenuis "thin, narrow, slight" + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at thin entry 1

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“Tenuity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenuity. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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