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tenuous adj
1 having little substance or significance; "a flimsy excuse"; "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot" [syn: flimsy, slight, thin]
2 having thin consistency; "a tenuous fluid"
3 very thin in gauge or diameter; "a tenuous thread"

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From Latin tenuosus, from tenere (“to hold”) + suffix -osus


  • /"tEnju@s/


  1. Thin in substance or importance.
    His argument was not convincing in the debate, considering how tenuous it was.


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