[ ten-yoo-uhs ]
/ ˈtɛn yu əs /
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lacking a sound basis, as reasoning; unsubstantiated; weak: a tenuous argument.
of slight importance or significance: He holds a rather tenuous position in history.
lacking in clarity; vague: He gave a rather tenuous account of his past life.
thin or slender in form, as a thread.
thin in consistency; rare or rarefied.
OTHER WORDS FOR tenuous
2 insignificant, unimportant, trivial, trifling.
OPPOSITES FOR tenuous
2 important, substantial.
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OTHER WORDS FROM tenuous
ten·u·ous·ly, adverbten·u·ous·ness, nounun·ten·u·ous, adjectiveun·ten·u·ous·ly, adverb
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How to use tenuous in a sentence
Losing the last tenuous bridges between our divergent echo chambers would threaten everything from social stability to the future of democracy and the very existence of a shared reality.The fragmentation of everything|Martha Leibs|December 4, 2020|MIT Technology Review
It’s been a tenuous time, but that’s one little silver lining to my cloud.Kimora Lee Simmons on the Rise of the ‘Blasians’|Joshua Eferighe|December 3, 2020|Ozy
These distant regions have gas that is too warm and tenuous to make new stars, yet young stars nevertheless exist there.Runaway stars may create the mysterious ultraviolet glow around some galaxies|Ken Croswell|November 30, 2020|Science News
They’d remain on tenuous ground even after the last vote was counted, and face the need for more activism in the coming weeks and months.
The fourth-quarter numbers may tell a less robust story, exposing the tenuous nature of this recovery.The U.S. economy just grew at its fastest quarterly pace ever—but doubts loom about the rest of the year|Lance Lambert|October 29, 2020|Fortune
British Dictionary definitions for tenuous
/ (ˈtɛnjʊəs) /
insignificant or flimsya tenuous argument
slim, fine, or delicatea tenuous thread
diluted or rarefied in consistency or densitya tenuous fluid
Derived forms of tenuoustenuity (tɛˈnjʊɪtɪ) or tenuousness, nountenuously, adverb
Word Origin for tenuous
C16: from Latin tenuis
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