untenable

[ uhn-ten-uh-buhl ]
/ ʌnˈtɛn ə bəl /

adjective

incapable of being defended, as an argument, thesis, etc.; indefensible.
not fit to be occupied, as an apartment, house, etc.

Nearby words

  1. untarnished,
  2. untaught,
  3. untaxed,
  4. unteach,
  5. untempered,
  6. untenanted,
  7. untended,
  8. untenured,
  9. unter den linden,
  10. untermeyer

Origin of untenable

First recorded in 1640–50; un-1 + tenable

Related formsun·ten·a·bil·i·ty, un·ten·a·ble·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for untenable

untenable

/ (ʌnˈtɛnəbəl) /

adjective

(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
Derived Formsuntenability or untenableness, noununtenably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for untenable

untenable

adj.

1640s, "incapable of being held against attack," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of tenable. Figurative sense is recorded from 1690s.

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