What does tenuous mean?

Definitions for tenuousˈtɛn yu əs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tenuous.

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenuous in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenuous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. A. W. Tozer:

    The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.

  2. Peter Bartos:

    That's why we flew with tanker aircraft - militarized airliner with extra gas - to provide that tenuous communications link and extra gas should we experience aircraft malfunctions.

  3. Francis Birungi:

    There is a great disparity between the protection enshrined by the law and women’s lives and experiences, and land security for millions of women and their children remains tenuous.

  4. Michael Rubin:

    The King's reputation among Islamists is already tenuous, and will only grow more so, in recent months, pressured by the UAE, upon whose financing Jordan is dependent, he has cracked down on the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

  5. Kevin Daly:

    The outlook is tenuous for some countries, given the sensitivity for oil, investors will be a little bit more circumspect and demand a higher risk premium when it comes to these kind of commodities-sensitive countries in the current backdrop.

Images & Illustrations of tenuous

  1. tenuoustenuoustenuous

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