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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Example sentences
The test is whether the position is tenable in the face of reasonable inquiry.
But rising weekend ridership has made that approach less tenable.
But ignoring the people's views is no longer tenable.
Because of the complexity of the problem, environmental skepticism was once
  tenable.
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