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Line breaks: tenu|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛnjʊəs

Definition of tenuous in English:


1Very weak or slight: the tenuous link between interest rates and investment
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  • Today, I shall mostly be counting minutes, and considering the tenuous link between the words ‘delay’ and ‘deadline.’
  • Every night, it seems we read of yet another instance of a local trader virtually forced out of business by the hike in car park charges or, however tenuous the link, the introduction of car parking charges during the evening.
  • Yes I know the links to Enron are tenuous at best, but since when has that stopped various newspapers.
slight, insubstantial, flimsy, negligible, weak, fragile, shaky, sketchy, doubtful, dubious, questionable, suspect;
vague, nebulous, hazy, unspecific, indefinite, indeterminate
1.1Very slender or fine; insubstantial: a tenuous cloud
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  • This is similar to a tenuous dust cloud on Earth, visible only from the light it scatters or absorbs.
  • Astronomical observations suggest that the Sun is presently moving through a warm, tenuous interstellar cloud made of dust and gas, one of several that make up our local galactic neighbourhood.
  • It would seem to be towards the edge of the power, if at all, and if it were within it, the particular thing might be regarded as insubstantial, tenuous or distant.
fine, thin, slender, attenuated, delicate, gossamer, fragile


late 16th century: formed irregularly from Latin tenuis 'thin' + -ous.



Example sentences
  • This is a memoir of Bloom tenuously disguised as a novel.
  • Universities, having once led the way on the content and standards of public discussion, even if only tenuously and intermittently, now simply follow them.
  • The brass-knuckles crowd believes that virtually any image or tenuously defensible statement is fair game in the street brawl of contemporary politics.


Example sentences
  • There is no fragility or tenuousness to his character.
  • But it is right that the tenuousness of the evidence for these widely-accepted ‘Homeric cults' should be brought out.
  • One of the men vividly expresses the tenuousness of his situation when he says, ‘I feel like I'm in this web, and every time I make a move, the web shakes.’

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