Tenable Definition

That can be held, defended, or maintained.
Webster's New World
Capable of being maintained in argument; rationally defensible.
A tenable theory.
American Heritage
Capable of being held against assault; defensible.
A tenable outpost.
American Heritage
Capable of enduring or of being tolerated.
A tenable situation.
American Heritage

Origin of Tenable

  • French from Old French from tenir to hold from Latin tenēre ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the French tenable, from tenir (“to hold"); compare tenible.

    From Wiktionary

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