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untenable

[ uhn-ten-uh-buhl ]
/ ʌnˈtɛn ə bəl /
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adjective
(of an argument, thesis, strategy, etc.) incapable of being defended; indefensible: I do not regard atheism as an untenable stance toward the world.
(of a situation or condition) incapable of being sustained or maintained over time: A number of exporters have called for the measure to be withdrawn, maintaining it has imposed an untenable strain on their working capital.
not fit to be occupied, as an apartment, house, etc.
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Origin of untenable

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

OTHER WORDS FROM untenable

un·ten·a·bil·i·ty [uhn-ten-uh-bil-i-tee], /ʌnˌtɛn əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, 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 forms of untenable

untenability or untenableness, noununtenably, adverb
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