[ ten-yoo-uhs ]
/ ˈtɛn yu əs /
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.
SYNONYMS FOR tenuous
ten·u·ous·ly, adverbten·u·ous·ness, nounun·ten·u·ous, adjectiveun·ten·u·ous·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for tenuously
Nearby a faded red “January 25 Revolution” flag was tenuously pinned to the wall.
Some of these accounts were based on fact, some on a mix of fact and fiction, some only tenuously connected to the truth.
British Dictionary definitions for tenuously
/ (ˈtɛnjʊəs) /
insignificant or flimsya tenuous argument
slim, fine, or delicatea tenuous thread
diluted or rarefied in consistency or densitya tenuous fluid
Derived Formstenuity (tɛˈnjʊɪtɪ) or tenuousness, nountenuously, adverb
Word Origin for tenuous
C16: from Latin tenuis
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