Origin of tenableFrench from Old French from tenir, to hold: see tenant
- 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.
- 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)
- But assuredly they do not include a tenable theory of the universe."
- For higher education provision was made by the affiliation of Natal to the Cape of Good Hope University and by exhibitions tenable at English universities.
- The people of the pagus or village, applied to the dwellers in the country where the worship of the old gods still lingered, when the people of the towns were Christians (but see Pagan for a more tenable explanation of that term).
- Basically, it would be categorizing all places by the way that the 11th edition categorized them, which seems like the best way to do it, and possibly the only tenable, self-consistent way to do it.
- Unfortunately, from the tenable theory that the intensity of a sensation increases by definite additions of stimulus, Fechner was led on to postulate a unit of sensation, so that any sensation s might be regarded as composed of n units.