- An idea that is reasonable that you can continue to believe is an example of something that would be described as tenable.
- A situation that can persist for a long period of time is an example of a tenable situation.
The definition of tenable is reasonable, or able to be sustained or maintained.
that can be held, defended, or maintained
Origin of tenableFrench from Old French from tenir, to hold: see tenant
- Capable of being maintained in argument; rationally defensible: a tenable theory.
- Capable of being held against assault; defensible: a tenable outpost.
- Capable of enduring or of being tolerated: a tenable situation.
Origin of tenableFrench from Old French from tenir to hold from Latin tenēre ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- ten′a·bil′i·ty ten′a·ble·ness
(comparative more tenable, superlative most tenable)