Definition of tenable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtenəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenəbl//
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  1. 1(of a theory, an opinion, etc.) easy to defend against attack or criticism a tenable position The old idea that this work was not suitable for women was no longer tenable. opposite untenable
  2. 2[not before noun] (of a job, position, etc., especially in a university) that can be held for a particular period of time The lectureship is tenable for a period of three years.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French, from tenir ‘to hold’, from Latin tenere.
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