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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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[ˈtenjʊəsnɪs] N [of link, connection] → lo vago; [of argument] → endeblez f, falta f de fundamento; [of evidence] → falta f de solidez
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(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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This point serves to remind us of the tenuousness of our expectations about the relationship between French and English romances.
That said, the dark humour through which the story is told-and though dark humour may be a British trademark, can there be any other way to approach the murderous tenuousness of life under Stalin?
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Its shortness exposes the tenuousness of any claim that this is 'our land'.
He acknowledged their tenuousness when he commented that, "if war should break out, the whole of my proposals for the time being at any rate would be skittled," (25) but there is little to suggest that he considered his proposals unworkable.
See, as a public figurewhich even Snyder cedes he isSnyder must prove that the WCP article's statements were not only false but made with knowledge of their falseness or at least extreme tenuousness. And in fact, if you read the article as any ordinary person would, they are true!