- 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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Antonyms for tenuous
Related Words for tenuouslyeasily, delicately, casually, tenderly, moderately, gingerly, softly, simply, mildly, freely, quietly, slightly, sparsely, faintly, subtly, carelessly, indifferently, nimbly, peacefully, readily
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Contemporary Examples of tenuously
Nearby a faded red “January 25 Revolution” flag was tenuously pinned to the wall.Egypt, As Protests Rage, School Begins
September 15, 2012
Some of these accounts were based on fact, some on a mix of fact and fiction, some only tenuously connected to the truth.Did Frank McCourt Invent James Frey?
July 20, 2009
- insignificant or flimsya tenuous argument
- slim, fine, or delicatea tenuous thread
- diluted or rarefied in consistency or densitya tenuous fluid
Word Origin for tenuous
Word Origin and History for tenuously
1590s, irregularly formed from Latin tenuis "thin," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch" (cf. Sanskrit tanuh "thin," literally "stretched out;" see tenet) + -ous. The correct form with respect to the Latin is tenuious. The sense of "having slight importance, not substantial" is found from c.1817.