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untenable

[uhn-ten-uh-buh l] /ʌnˈtɛn ə bəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being defended, as an argument, thesis, etc.; indefensible.
2.
not fit to be occupied, as an apartment, house, etc.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; un-1 + tenable
Related forms
untenability, untenableness, noun
Synonyms
1. baseless, groundless, unsound, weak, questionable.
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British Dictionary definitions for untenability

untenable

/ʌnˈtɛnəbəl/
adjective
1.
(of theories, propositions, etc) incapable of being maintained, defended, or vindicated
2.
unable to be maintained against attack
3.
(rare) (of a house, etc) unfit for occupation
Derived Forms
untenability, untenableness, noun
untenably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for untenability

untenable

adj.

1640s, "incapable of being held against attack," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of tenable. Figurative sense is recorded from 1690s.

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