Tenuous meaning

tĕnyo͝o-əs
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.

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Having a thin consistency.

Pluto's tenuous envelope of gas.

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Rare, as air at high altitudes; not dense.
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Slender or fine, as a fiber.
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Not substantial; slight; flimsy.

Tenuous evidence.

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The aether was thought to be of tenuous strands.

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His argument was not convincing in the debate, considering how tenuous it was.

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Long and thin; slender.

Tenuous strands.

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Origin of tenuous

  • Latin tenuis ten- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin tenuis (“thin, slight"), + English suffix -ous.

    From Wiktionary