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



    BrE BrE//ˈtenjuəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenjuəs//
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  1. 1so weak or uncertain that it hardly exists a tenuous hold on life His links with the organization turned out to be, at best, tenuous.
  2. 2extremely thin and easily broken the tenuous threads of a spider’s web
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: formed irregularly from Latin tenuis ‘thin’ + -ous.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tenuous