- capable of being held, maintained, or defended, as against attack or dispute: a tenable theory.
- capable of being occupied, possessed, held, or enjoyed, as under certain conditions: a research grant tenable for two years.
Origin of tenable
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Examples from the Web for tenable
Employee dumping is when employers find it tenable to pay the per-employee penalty for not providing health insurance.Five Things You Need to Know About the Health-Care Exchange Rollout
October 1, 2013
That does not mean it is practical, advisable, tenable, moral or that it should be perpetual.Seeking A Realistic Mature Discussion About "Settlements"
February 7, 2013
On the other hand, an exclusive focus on satisfaction is not tenable either.Daniel Kahneman Talks Intuition and Optimism With Sam Harris
November 30, 2011
I do not think a single objection which is made to woman suffrage is tenable.
But this view, if tenable then, has long since been abandoned.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
Truly, it is tenable that the world exists only in consciousness.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The reader must judge whether this position is tenable or not.Thoughts on Missions
It had been for some time seen that the town of Portsmouth was not a tenable post.Hurricane Hurry
- able to be upheld, believed, maintained, or defended
Word Origin and History for tenable
1570s, from Middle French tenable, from Old French (12c.), from tenir "to hold," from Latin tenere "hold, keep" (see tenet).