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
Lauren Ashley Carter stars as the young caretaker of a New York City apartment, whose already-tenuous grip on reality loosens even further after a series of strange encounters.
Inside the president’s house, the press has always been on tenuous ground, sitting a few feet away from the proverbial deep end.
That split brought years of strife to this corner of the country, which only twenty years ago gave way to a tenuous peace.
In the bow seat and taking the worst of the waves and wind, Purvis agreed that their situation was tenuous.
The direct connection between the advent of jazz music and the gatherings at Congo Square is tenuous at best.
Baywatch disappointed at the box office, making tenuous material out of what was once solid Rock.
Start things off with the calamari appetizer ($8), a tangle of tender squid rings and tentacles — nice and crunchy on the outside thanks to a tenuous breading — dusted with toasted black sesame seeds and chopped scallion.
And while Republican members of Congress, save for a select few, are backing the president, his legislative agenda appears stalled, with the prospects of health-care reform tenuous at best.
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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.
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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