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)
- 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.
- But assuredly they do not include a tenable theory of the universe."
- 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.
- 9) is equal to that entering at B, an assumption no longer tenable when the form changes.
- It has suspected and amended its author, it has expunged his heresies; but whether it has put anything better or more tenable in their place may be gravely questioned.