Examples of tenuous in a Sentence
What is also true is that they, and I, were lucky, through genes or fate, to surge through the maelstrom of dashed hope and denied opportunity to grasp a tenuous piece of the American Dream. —Anthony Walton, Lure and Loathing, 1993
After the end of the crusading period, however relations between East and West had grown tenuous … —Albert Hourani, Islam in European Thought, 1991
The authors follow researchers as they use the slimmest leads and the most tenuous connections to track the genes for Huntington's disease, muscular dystrophy, schizophrenia and a host of other physical and mental miseries. —Natalie Angier, New York Times Book Review, 12 Aug. 1990
He has a tenuous grasp on reality.
The local theater has had a tenuous existence in recent years.
He could demonstrate only a tenuous claim to ownership.
Recent Examples of tenuous from the Web
Frank tries a forceful approach, but Usher, whose allegiance to Conway is tenuous at best, suggests a more measured approach, which Frank is struggling with.
While each of these comic book incarnations of the character share only a tenuous connection with the onscreen Doctor Poison, all but the first offer an intriguing hint at a potential plot point for a second Wonder Woman movie.
The White House spokesman’s position was also said to be tenuous before Trump’s nine-day foreign trip.
Once again, a number of coaches will enter the season with tenuous job security.
The mutinies have shown that despite its relative calm and roaring economy, Ivory Coast remains vulnerable to unrest and Ouattara’s hold over the army is tenuous.
Whereas the First Amendment officially protects the American press, British journalists have more tenuous legal protection.
Mr. Rubicondi is still happy to trade in on his tenuous Trump relationship.
But the future of the company, China Century Mobile Communications, is tenuous in a country that officially bans the military from business.
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What is the Definition of Tenuous?
Something tenuous has been stretched thin and might break at any time. A person with a tenuous hold on his sanity should be watched carefully. If a business is only tenuously surviving, it will probably go bankrupt in the next recession. If there seems to be only a tenuous connection between two crimes, it means the investigators have more work to do.
Origin and Etymology of tenuous
Latin tenuis thin, slight, tenuous — more at thin
First Known Use: 1597
Synonym Discussion of tenuous
TENUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tenuous for English Language Learners
: not certain, definite, or strong : flimsy, weak, or uncertain
: very thin
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