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tenable

[ten-uh-buh l] /ˈtɛn ə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being held, maintained, or defended, as against attack or dispute:
a tenable theory.
2.
capable of being occupied, possessed, held, or enjoyed, as under certain conditions:
a research grant tenable for two years.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < French: that can be held, equivalent to ten(ir) to hold (≪ Latin tenēre) + -able -able
Related forms
tenability, tenableness, noun
tenably, adverb
nontenability, noun
nontenable, adjective
nontenableness, noun
nontenably, adverb
Synonyms
1. workable, viable, maintainable, warrantable.
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British Dictionary definitions for nontenably

tenable

/ˈtɛnəbəl/
adjective
1.
able to be upheld, believed, maintained, or defended
Derived Forms
tenability, tenableness, noun
tenably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre
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Word Origin and History for nontenably

tenable

adj.

1570s, from Middle French tenable, from Old French (12c.), from tenir "to hold," from Latin tenere "hold, keep" (see tenet).

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