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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.
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Adv.1.tenuously - in a tenuous manner; "his works tenuously survive in the minds of a few scholars"


[ˈtenjʊəslɪ] ADV [linked, connected] → vagamente


adv (= slightly)schwach, leicht; another world, connected to reality only tenuouslyeine andere Welt, nur schwach mit der Realität verbunden
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Coutinho has been tenuously linked with a future move to Barcelona, but Lucio believes that Anfield is the best place for him.
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And that, somehow, it is tenuously suspended above reality by the slender threads of quantitative easing, very low interest rates and a little market traction generated from central London.
As such, the clampdown on anyone even tenuously suspected of being connected to the uprising has grown bolder and bolder with each passing day.
However, the failure at the NATO Summit in Chicago and the local elections that are scheduled for next spring tenuously announce that there will be no such thing as a calm summer, Adamovski comments.
So too complaints about the lack of government spending on Aboriginals, housing, infrastructure, welfare programmes, clean air, refugees, and the fact that the government was weak because it tenuously held office as a minority government, and consequently long-term decisions were delayed or ignored.
It's an issue which is too important to be party political but the chasm did start appearing the last time the Tories were tenuously in control.
Cox has been tenuously linked with moves away from The Hawthorns this week - most bizarrely with a move to Middlesbrough (Tony Mowbray tried to resist a move for Cox shortly before his departure for Celtic).