- incapable of being defended, as an argument, thesis, etc.; indefensible.
- not fit to be occupied, as an apartment, house, etc.
Origin of untenable
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1. baseless, groundless, unsound, weak, questionable.
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Calendar surrendered an untenable position as gracefully as could be wished.The Black Bag
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Without it, Pete's claim would be so vague as to be untenable.The Best Made Plans
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Have the distressed defenders of this untenable Citadel any such?
The thought that He suffered through fear of death is untenable.Jesus the Christ
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But he dismissed the notion as untenable and absurd on second thoughts.The Wild Man of the West
- (of theories, propositions, etc) incapable of being maintained, defended, or vindicated
- unable to be maintained against attack
- rare (of a house, etc) unfit for occupation
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Word Origin and History for untenable
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