Definitions for tenuousˈtɛn yu əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ten•u•ousˈtɛn yu əs(adj.)

  1. lacking a sound basis; unsubstantiated; weak.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. thin or slender in form.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. thin in consistency; rare or rarefied.

  4. of slight importance or significance; unsubstantial.

Origin of tenuous:

1590–1600; tenu (ity ) + -ous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tenuous(adj)

    having thin consistency

    "a tenuous fluid"

  2. tenuous(adj)

    very thin in gauge or diameter

    "a tenuous thread"

  3. flimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous, thin(adj)

    lacking substance or significance

    "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"; a fragile claim to fame"


  1. tenuous(Adjective)

    Thin in substance or consistency.

    The aether was thought to be of tenuous strands.

  2. tenuous(Adjective)

    Lacking importance.

    His argument was not convincing in the debate, considering how tenuous it was.

  3. Origin: From Latin tenuis, thin, slight + Eng. suffix -ous

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tenuous(adj)

    thin; slender; small; minute

  2. Tenuous(adj)

    rare; subtile; not dense; -- said of fluids

  3. Tenuous(adj)

    lacking substance, as a tenuous argument


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