- thin or slender in form, as a thread.
- lacking a sound basis, as reasoning; unsubstantiated; weak: a tenuous argument.
- thin in consistency; rare or rarefied.
- of slight importance or significance; unsubstantial: He holds a rather tenuous position in history.
- lacking in clarity; vague: He gave a rather tenuous account of his past life.
Origin of tenuous
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1. attenuated. 4. insignificant, unimportant, trivial, trifling.
1. thick. 4. important, substantial.
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- insignificant or flimsya tenuous argument
- slim, fine, or delicatea tenuous thread
- diluted or rarefied in consistency or densitya tenuous fluid
C16: from Latin tenuis
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Word Origin and History for tenuousness
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