tenable

[t_ˈɛ_n_ə_b_əl], [tˈɛnəbə͡l], [tˈɛnəbə‍l]

Definitions of tenable:

  1.   Tenably. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2.   That may be hold, maintained, or defended against an assailant or against attempts to take it. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3.   Tenableness. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Capable of being retained, kept, or defended. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5.   That may be held; capable of being maintained or defended. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6.   Capable of being held or defended, as an argument. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7.   That may be held or maintained. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.

Usage examples for tenable:

  1. “ 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)
  2. 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
  3. “ I once held the contrary opinion, but it is not tenable – A New Atmosphere by Gail Hamilton
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. “ 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

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