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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 of untenable
1640-1650
1640-50; un-1 + tenable
Related forms
untenability, untenableness, noun
Synonyms
1. baseless, groundless, unsound, weak, questionable.
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  • But this is a sentiment which—except in the mere matter of buying and selling—time will show to be untenable.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • Calendar surrendered an untenable position as gracefully as could be wished.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • It is hard to bring such men to see how untenable their own position is.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
  • Without it, Pete's claim would be so vague as to be untenable.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • He saw in a moment that she was right, and an untenable relief passed over him.

    Day and Night Stories Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for untenable

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 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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