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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.


[ˈtenjʊəsnɪs] N [of link, connection] → lo vago; [of argument] → endeblez f, falta f de fundamento; [of evidence] → falta f de solidez


(lit, of thread) → Dünne f, → Feinheit f; (of cobweb)Zartheit f, → Feinheit f; (of air)Dünne f; (of gas)Flüchtigkeit f
(fig, of connection, argument, relationship) → Schwäche f; (= insecurity of position)Unsicherheit f
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