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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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With contributions from nearly two dozen artists, writers, and curators, the book, a compilation of advice columns by fictional artist Gina Ashcraft, is linked only tenuously to the works on display at Alexander and Bonin, but possesses all the humor and ambiguity one would have liked to encounter in the gallery.
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Although slave owners were reluctant to acknowledge women's relationships with their children, these enslaved mothers found ways to create for themselves, however tenuously, the ties of maternity so poignantly represented by the woman who called her child "Mines" (132).
The artist's Pop-surreal forms present bodies as libidinous portents that only tenuously come together, like textbook illustrations of the mirror stage of infant development.
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The evening consists of six tenuously linked monologues that are thematically and stylistically disparate.
In one such instance of revelation, the artist's palette in Palette, which according to Kiefer "represents the idea of the artist connecting heaven and earth," is depicted tenuously suspended between two burning ropes--yet here the painting's mood is heroic, defiant, triumphant.