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ten·u·ous

 (tĕn′yo͞o-əs)
adj.
1.
a. Weak or insubstantial; flimsy: a tenuous argument; a tenuous link between pieces of evidence.
b. Precarious or insecure: tenuous survival.
2. Long and thin; slender: tenuous strands.
3. Having a thin consistency: Pluto's tenuous envelope of gas.

[Latin tenuis; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

ten′u·ous·ly adv.
ten′u·ous·ness n.

tenuous

(ˈtɛnjʊəs)
adj
1. insignificant or flimsy: a tenuous argument.
2. slim, fine, or delicate: a tenuous thread.
3. diluted or rarefied in consistency or density: a tenuous fluid.
[C16: from Latin tenuis]
tenuity, ˈtenuousness n
ˈtenuously adv

ten•u•ous

(ˈtɛn yu əs)

adj.
1. lacking a sound basis; unsubstantiated; weak.
2. thin or slender in form.
3. thin in consistency; rare or rarefied.
4. of slight importance or significance; unsubstantial.
[1590–1600; tenu (ity) + -ous]
ten′u•ous•ly, adv.
ten′u•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tenuous - having thin consistency; "a tenuous fluid"
thin - relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous; "air is thin at high altitudes"; "a thin soup"; "skimmed milk is much thinner than whole milk"; "thin oil"
2.tenuous - very thin in gauge or diameter; "a tenuous thread"
thin - of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section; "thin wire"; "a thin chiffon blouse"; "a thin book"; "a thin layer of paint"
3.tenuous - lacking substance or significance; "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"; a fragile claim to fame"
unimportant, insignificant - devoid of importance, meaning, or force

tenuous

adjective
1. slight, weak, dubious, shaky, doubtful, questionable, insignificant, flimsy, sketchy, insubstantial, nebulous Links between the provinces were seen to be tenuous.
slight strong, sound, solid, substantial, significant
2. fine, slim, delicate, attenuated, gossamer She was holding onto life by a tenuous thread.

tenuous

adjective
Having little substance or significance; not solidly based:
Translations

tenuous

[ˈtenjʊəs] ADJ [connection, link] → vago, ligero; [argument] → flojo, endeble; [evidence] → poco sólido; [alliance, peace] → frágil, endeble
he has only a tenuous grasp of realitysólo tiene una escasa conciencia de la realidad
to have a tenuous hold on sthtener (un) escaso control sobre algo

tenuous

[ˈtɛnjuəs] adj [link, connection] → ténu(e); [position] → fragile; [argument] → sans grand fondement; [plot] → faible

tenuous

adj
(lit) threaddünn, fein; cobwebzart, fein; airdünn; gasflüchtig
(fig) connection, argument, relationshipschwach; (= insecure) positionunsicher; supply lineanfällig; he kept a tenuous hold on lifeer hatte nur noch einen schwachen Lebenswillen; to have a tenuous grasp of somethingetw nur ansatzweise verstehen; a tenuous leadeine mögliche Spur

tenuous

[ˈtɛnjʊəs] adj (thread) → tenue; (argument) → debole

tenuous

a. tenue, delicado-a.
References in classic literature ?
It was extremely tenuous and only noticeable against the opening which led to daylight.
The effect produced on Frome was rather of a complete absence of atmosphere, as though nothing less tenuous than ether intervened between the white earth under his feet and the metallic dome overhead.
That vision, faint and tenuous as it was, had kept him from thinking of other women.
She seemed suddenly to have dissolved into the tenuous substance of a dream, and as he continued to gaze upon her, she faded slowly from his sight.
The dream of the ultimate brain had receded into a tenuous haze far in the background of his thoughts.
The hot, humid atmosphere of Caspak condenses as it is fanned by the cold Antarctic air-currents which sweep across the crater's top, sending a tenuous ribbon of vapor far out across the Pacific.
Earlier Tuesday, the military said seven soldiers had died over the last 24 hours, the heaviest daily toll since a tenuous truce was struck between Kiev and the separatists on September 5.
TENUOUS links aimed at scoring political points are the stock in trade of Daily Telegraph columnists.
Summary: Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi demanded on Thursday the "rapid deployment" of UN observers to Syria to monitor a ceasefire that is becoming ever more tenuous.
Most engrossing was the hall of fame which features such local celebrities as Patrick Stewart (actually, from Mirfield, but close enough I suppose) and a tenuous link with Stan Laurel.
KEEP your friends close, but you enemies closer' blares the publicity for Tenuous Relations, a new Scouse comedy coming to the Liverpool Actors Studio next week.
The flimsiness of the situation, which the word tenuous refers to, was also on the mind of Pakistani-origin defence analyst Shuja Nawaz.