AskDefine | Define tenable

Dictionary Definition

tenable adj : based on sound reasoning or evidence; "a reasonable argument"; "well-founded suspicions" [syn: well-founded]

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English

Etymology

From tenable, holdable, from la, from la, hold + la, able

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈtɛn.ə.bəl/ /"tEn.@.b@l/

Adjective

  1. In the context of "of a theory, argument etc": capable of being maintained or justified; well-founded
    Back in the 1800's, many did not consider Darwin's theory of evolution to be tenable at all.
  2. In the context of "of a defensive structure": capable of being defended against assault or attack; defensible

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