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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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