untenable

[uhn-ten-uh-buhl]
adjective
1.
incapable of being defended, as an argument, thesis, etc.; indefensible.
2.
not fit to be occupied, as an apartment, house, etc.

Origin:
1640–50; un-1 + tenable

untenability, untenableness, noun


1. baseless, groundless, unsound, weak, questionable.
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untenable (ʌnˈtɛnəbəl)
 
adj
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
 
untena'bility
 
n
 
un'tenableness
 
n
 
un'tenably
 
adv

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untenable
1647, "incapable of being held against attack," from un- (1) "not" + pp. of tenable. Fig. sense is recorded from 1692.
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Example sentences
The falls might have saved the forests by making logging there untenable.
The stop-snitching movement is untenable as social policy.
It goes without saying that the vision was untenable.
What will never ease hatred and violence is the untenable status quo.
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