Definition of Tenuous

1. Adjective. Having thin consistency. "A tenuous fluid"

Similar to: Thin
Derivative terms: Tenuity



2. Adjective. Very thin in gauge or diameter. "A tenuous thread"
Similar to: Thin
Derivative terms: Tenuity

3. Adjective. Lacking substance or significance. "A fragile claim to fame"
Exact synonyms: Flimsy, Fragile, Slight, Thin
Similar to: Insignificant, Unimportant
Derivative terms: Slightness, Tenuity, Thinness

Definition of Tenuous

1. a. Thin; slender; small; minute.

Definition of Tenuous

1. Adjective. Thin in substance or consistency. ¹

2. Adjective. Lacking importance. ¹

3. Adjective. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tenuous

1. having little substance or strength [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tenuous

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tenuous (current term)
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Literary usage of Tenuous

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Around this tenuous plot is arranged a whole gallery of word-paintings, brilliantly colored and elaborated in detail. The work is suffused with tints of ..."

2. Political Control, Human Rights, and the UN Mission in Cambodia by Dinah PoKempner (1992)
"Certainly, die guarantee of basic human rights, such as freedom of movement, speech and association, will be far more tenuous in a country still at war than ..."

3. Literary News by L. Pylodet, Augusta Harriet (Garrigue) Leypoldt (1892)
"tenuous plot. Out of the 600 pages of " La Débâcle," quite 500 are given up to the march of a French army corps from Mulhouse to Sedan, where the drama ..."

4. A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions by Richard Soule, George Holmes Howison (1891)
"Thin, subtile, tenuous, attenuated. 6. Exquisite, nice, refined. 7. Excellent, superior, very good. S. Brilliant, accomplished. 10. ..."

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