• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tenable based on sound reasoning or evidence "well-founded suspicions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tenable tĕn"ȧ*b'l Capable of being held, maintained, or defended, as against an assailant or objector, or against attempts to take or process; as, a tenable fortress, a tenable argument. "If you have hitherto concealed his sight,
      Let it be tenable in your silence still."
      "I would be the last man in the world to give up his cause when it was tenable ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tenable Capable of being held, maintained, or defended successfully against an assailant; successfully defensible against attacks or arguments or objections: as, a tenable fortress; a tenable theory.
    • tenable Held; retained; kept secret or inviolate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tenable ten′a-bl capable of being retained, kept, or defended
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tenable, fr. tenir, to hold, L. tenere,. See Thin, and cf. Continue Continent Entertain Maintain Tenant Tent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tenable, from tenir—L. tenēre, to hold.


In literature:

Is the theory of a misunderstanding of orders tenable?
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
A moment's study of Plate III will make it clear that this claim is not tenable.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
Now this belief that geologic "systems" are universal, is no more tenable than the other.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Scholarships were also to be given to deserving boys, and they were to be tenable at the School.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
Now is not the thesis tenable that it is in just this way that realism differs from romance?
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
Dr. Mayer himself hit upon what seemed a tenable solution at the very outset.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Had this been an English peasant the conclusion would be tenable.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He turned again in his mind every reason, tenable and untenable, that he could frame to account for Agnes' sudden and unexplained trip.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Now is not the thesis tenable that it is in just this way that realism differs from romance?
"Materials and Methods of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
Let us examine this theory and ascertain how tenable it is.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
But it was necessarily only surmise, and one theory was as tenable as another.
"The Come Back" by Carolyn Wells
But when this hypothesis is looked at, it seems hardly tenable.
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse
Their position is not tenable.
"The Itching Palm" by William R Scott
It was the special mission of Aristotle to clear away these crudities, and so develop Platonism into a tenable philosophy.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Lee's line was broken at the centre, and Petersburg was no longer tenable.
"The Boys of '61" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The place is no longer tenable, and must be evacuated.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 68, June, 1863" by Various
The place will not be tenable once they are in the vicinity.
"Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II." by Charles James Lever
It is an important tactical success, which will make Houthulst Forest less tenable by the enemy.
"From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917" by Philip Gibbs
And without this view, the preceding arguments are indeed too vague to be easily tenable.
"Beauty" by Alexander Walker
The assertion, however, that a definition must of necessity consist of a genus and differentiae, is not tenable.
"A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive" by John Stuart Mill

In news:

"They don't have a tenable position," Bill Clinton says of Tehran's stance.
Yet the assumptions underlying the snobbery no longer seem tenable.
Tenable Network Security Inc poised to dominate market with $50 million venture investment.
Ron Gula is CEO of Tenable Network Security.
Tenable Network Security, of Columbia, is entering a partnership with Alexandria-based In-Q-Tel aimed at expanding Tenable 's footprint in the intelligence community.
Tenable and Digital Bond add SCADA plug-ins into Nessus vulnerability scanner.
A Tenable Position for Unions.

In science:

It was clear since the beginnings that mixing was a hardly tenable hypothesis .
A Mixed Solar Core, Solar Neutrinos and Helioseismology
It is no longer a tenable position that the Standard Model is a ‘social construct’; we see its reality before our eyes.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
As discussed by Maccarone & Coppi (2003), the strong ADAF is also not tenable.
Evolution of Spectral States of Aql X-1 during the 2000 Outburst
The single-index model is therefore tenable. 4.
Nonparametric checks for single-index models
Of course, this idealization is no longer tenable for the real mirrors used in the experiments.
Casimir and short-range gravity tests
It is well-known that the normality assumption is not always tenable and alternative distributions (or methodologies) should be considered in such situations.
Modified likelihood ratio tests in heteroskedastic multivariate regression models with measurement error
Inspection of Figure 2 suggests that the exponential hypothesis is not tenable for each separate period, so our nonparametric approach is more reasonable.
Empirical likelihood-based tests for stochastic ordering
However, the “obvious” one, through multiple scattering of primary and secondary hadrons, is physically not tenable.
QCD & QGP: A Summary
The explanation of the particles by monochromatic eigenfrequencies does not seem to be tenable because a monochromatic frequency does not accommodate the multitude of frequencies created in a high energy collision of 10−23 sec duration.
The standing wave model of the mesons and baryons
Optical, UV, and X-ray observations of AGNs indicate that the simplest form of the standard picture (Fig. 1) is not tenable and must be modified to account for dependences on AGN luminosity.
The AGN Paradigm: Radio-Quiet Objects
The black holes are unreal ob jects and the theory of the gravitational waves based on the linear approximation of General Relativity is not tenable from a rigorous standpoint.
Gravitational waves from BBH-systems? A (doubly) vain quest
To use a set of inconsistent theories to define via a limiting process a continuum theory at the quantum level is clearly not logically tenable; to exist a limit one first has to have a sequence.
Uniform discretizations: a new approach for the quantization of totally constrained systems
It was formerly believed that nearly-isotropic comets were indeed formed in the Kuiper belt (hence the analogy between Jupiter-family comets and Kuiper-belt comets), but this hypothesis is no longer tenable in view of dynamical simulations.
Cometary diversity and cometary families
The IR excesses far weaker than the model predictions have several tenable explanations.
The Rise and Fall of Debris Disks: MIPS Observations of h and chi Persei and the Evolution of Mid-IR Emission from Planet Formation
Thus, if the physician did refer the record to his practice for profit, he cannot be caught as he has tenable deniability of his ulterior motive of profit.
On the Semantics of Purpose Requirements in Privacy Policies

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