A tenuous spider web.
The definition of tenuous is something long and thin, fine or flimsy.
An example of tenuous is a single spider web connected by two trees.
- slender or fine, as a fiber
- rare, as air at high altitudes; not dense
- not substantial; slight; flimsy: tenuous evidence
Origin of tenuousfrom Classical Latin tenuis, thin + -ous
- a. Weak or insubstantial; flimsy: a tenuous argument; a tenuous link between pieces of evidence.b. Precarious or insecure: tenuous survival.
- Long and thin; slender: tenuous strands.
- Having a thin consistency: Pluto's tenuous envelope of gas.
Origin of tenuousLatin tenuis ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more tenuous, superlative most tenuous)