Definition of tenable in English:


Line breaks: ten|able
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛnəb(ə)l


  • 2(Of an office, position, scholarship, etc.) able to be held or used: a scholarship of £200 per annum tenable for three years
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    • The government is offering the scholarships in physical education tenable at Cuban universities for the academic year 2004 / 2005.
    • A draw was held for two half scholarships, tenable at the Adult Education College.
    • The badminton ace has won a three-year International Badminton Federation scholarship tenable in China.



Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
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  • The writings of the various authors were examined and evaluated to assess the current tenability of the author's thought.
  • One need not evaluate the scientific evidence for the assertions made to question the tenability of the propositions.
  • We have yet to examine a few other challenges to the tenability of the theory.


late 16th century: from French, from tenir 'to hold', from Latin tenere.

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