Adjective "tenable" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection.
  1. 'I believe that over time that policy is going to change, because it's simply not tenable.'
  2. 'The facts simply do not make out a tenable cause of action against this defendant.'
  3. 'In my view, these grounds of objection are not legally tenable.'
  4. 'The belief in the dignity and nobility of man no longer seemed tenable to most intellectuals.'
  5. 'Coming up with a tenable power-sharing agreement will be difficult and time-consuming.'
  6. 'In the future, the U.S. must fix goals which are tenable.'
  7. 'The question is genuinely debatable, with tenable argument supporting each side.'
  8. 'Arguments and sentiments used in the past to justify wars are no more tenable.'
  9. 'It was obvious that the deal was no longer tenable.'
  10. 'Some say this understanding is no longer tenable.'
(of an office, position, scholarship, etc.) able to be held or used.
  1. 'A draw was held for two half scholarships, tenable at the Adult Education College.'
  2. 'The badminton ace has won a three-year International Badminton Federation scholarship tenable in China.'
  3. 'The scholarships, which are awarded in the former English colonial territories, USA and Germany, are tenable at the University of Oxford.'
  4. 'His final and lasting legacy was the establishment of the Rhodes Scholarships tenable at his alma mater, Oxford University.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"views can be tenable by believers."

"positions can be tenable in runs."

"positions can be tenable before dates."

"notions can be tenable in/at/on years."

"crises can be tenable in/at/on todays."

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Late 16th century: from French, from tenir ‘to hold’, from Latin tenere.