Usage examples for tenable

  1. His self- selected lady's dismissal of him had been so definite that he needed some tenable excuse for having followed her home. – Lonesome Town by Ethel and James Dorrance
  2. " The notion that a nation has a right to do what it pleases with its own territory, without reference to the interests of the rest of the world is no more tenable from the International Socialist point of view- that is, from the point of view of the twentieth century- than the notion that a landlord has a right to do what he likes with his estate without reference to the interests of his neighbours.... – The History of the Fabian Society by Edward R. Pease
  3. But it deserves careful consideration whether this line of action can be really tenable or effective at the Council. – Letters From Rome on the Council by Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger
  4. It had been for some time seen that the town of Portsmouth was not a tenable post. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  5. To their minds, it has become no more than the survival of a superstition, which is no longer tenable. – Heart and Soul by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
  6. The position of manager and co- star was a difficult one, and only Barrett's loving comprehension of Booth's peculiarities, as well as his greatness, made that position tenable. – Life on the Stage by Clara Morris
  7. As to its particular excuse, this was slight and hardly tenable, and we may doubt whether Edward intended to press it seriously. – Crecy by Hilaire Belloc
  8. But this also is an argument which is obviously not tenable; as in our actual situation, it is only by keeping the price of corn up, very considerably above the average of the rest of Europe, that we can possibly be made to grow our own consumption. – Observations on the Effects of the Corn Laws, and of a Rise or Fall in the Price of Corn on the Agriculture and General Wealth of the Country by Thomas Malthus
  9. At this instant cries came from the wing of the palace situated farthest to the north, announcing that the walls had fallen, and that the fire was spreading with frightful rapidity; and seeing at last that his position was no longer tenable, the Emperor admitted that it was time to leave, and repaired to the imperial chateau of Petrovskoi. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  10. I once held the contrary opinion, but it is not tenable. – A New Atmosphere by Gail Hamilton
  11. This claim, if not so absurd as the other, is hardly more tenable. – Robert Burns by Principal Shairp
  12. Some even of the most earnest champions of the divine right of kings were at last compelled to imagine circumstances under which the tenet would cease to be tenable. – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  13. It was a precarious position and one that the motion of the yacht made but briefly tenable. – A Man and His Money by Frederic Stewart Isham
  14. " Oh, no," he was saying, as we stole up behind him, " that hypothesis, I venture to assert, is no longer tenable by the light of recent researches. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  15. But this idea was too absurd to be tenable for long, and the conviction grew upon him that she must be ill or in some great trouble. – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  16. The older view that Douglas was simply playing into the hands of the " slavepower" by sacrificing Kansas, is no longer tenable. – Abraham Lincoln and the Union A Chronicle of the Embattled North, Volume 29 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Nathaniel W. Stephenson
  17. This gloss therefore I wholly disapprove, judging the position more tenable, to deny, if we consequently must, that either a phrase or a participle, as such, can consistently govern the possessive case. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  18. It is a kind of logical framework into which any tenable theory must fit- not necessarily itself the statement of the crude facts, but a form in which statements which are true of the crude facts can be made by a suitable interpretation. – Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  19. He says our posts are not tenable and that we are in a dangerous situation for lack of troops that can be relied upon. – William Pitt and the Great War by John Holland Rose
  20. For these three days now he had fought with mind and body and soul against the one conclusion that was tenable- the conclusion which to- night, robbing him of every hope in life, bringing a grief and anguish greater than he could bear, cold logic was finally forcing him to accept. – The Further Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard