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1. Capable of being maintained in argument; rationally defensible: a tenable theory.
2. Capable of being held against assault; defensible: a tenable outpost.
3. Capable of enduring or of being tolerated: a tenable situation.

[French, from Old French, from tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

ten′a·bil′i·ty, ten′a·ble·ness n.
ten′a·bly adv.
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Noun1.tenability - the quality of being plausible or acceptable to a reasonable person; "he questioned the tenability of my claims"
plausibility, plausibleness - apparent validity


n (Mil: of position) → Haltbarkeit f; (fig, of opinion, theory also) → Vertretbarkeit f
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All that I am doing is to use its logical tenability as a help in the analysis of what occurs when we remember.
The telecom department opined that the applicability of the proposed scheme was "limited", thus undermining its reasonability and tenability.
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Specifically, it confirmed the tenability and efficacy of the SDT in that providing students with support for their innate needs (such as perceived autonomy) can significantly impact students' motivational responses (Bryan and Solmon, 2007; Deci and Ryan, 1985; Ntoumanis, 2001; Sun and Chen, 2010).
And the deeper one digs into the tenability of specific ethnic representation in casting, the harder easy answers are to come by.
If goodness-of-ft is adequate, the model argues for the plausibility of postulated relations among variables; if it is inadequate,the tenability of such relations is rejected.
First, it may be helpful to speak of the importance and benefits of suspending judgment for a time, rather than removing all judgment (or alternatively, despairing over or denying the possibility or tenability of making any kind of judgment at all).
However, some critics conflate the three genres as part of a postmodern interrogation of the tenability of narrative genre delineations.
6) Although previous scholarship has discussed the proper role of stare decisis in the context of "unpublished" opinions, (7) which make up around eighty percent of all United States courts of appeals opinions (8) (and are usually publicly available despite their name), (9) this Comment provides the first examination of the tenability of stare decisis as applied to truly secret opinions like those of the FISC.