nontenably

tenable

[ten-uh-buhl]
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:
1570–80; < French: that can be held, equivalent to ten(ir) to hold (≪ Latin tenēre) + -able -able

tenability, tenableness, noun
tenably, adverb
nontenability, noun
nontenable, adjective
nontenableness, noun
nontenably, adverb


1. workable, viable, maintainable, warrantable.
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tenable (ˈtɛnəbəl)
 
adj
able to be upheld, believed, maintained, or defended
 
[C16: from Old French, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre]
 
tena'bility
 
n
 
'tenableness
 
n
 
'tenably
 
adv

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tenable
1579, from M.Fr. tenable, from O.Fr. (12c.), from tenir "to hold," from L. tenere "hold, keep" (see tenet).
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