- 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 ten&emacron;re; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- ten′a·bil′i·ty, ten′a·ble·ness
(comparative more tenable, superlative most tenable)