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3 definitions found
 for tenuous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tenuous \Ten"u*ous\, a. [L. tenuis thin. See Thin, and cf.
     Tenuis.]
     1. Thin; slender; small; minute.
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     2. Rare; subtile; not dense; -- said of fluids.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  132 Moby Thesaurus words for "tenuous":
     adulterated, aerial, air-built, airy, aloof, atomic, attenuate,
     attenuated, boyish, broken, chimerical, cloud-built, corpuscular,
     cut, dainty, delicate, detached, diaphanous, dilute, diluted,
     disconnected, discontinuous, discrete, doubtful, dreamlike,
     dubious, embryonic, ethereal, evanescent, fanciful, fatuitous,
     fatuous, feeble, fine, fine-drawn, finespun, flimsy, fragile,
     frail, gapped, gaseous, gauzy, germinal, girlish, gossamer,
     gossamery, gracile, granular, hazy, illusory, imaginary,
     impalpable, imperceptible, imponderable, inappreciable, incoherent,
     inconsistent, indiscernible, infinitesimal, insignificant,
     insubstantial, intangible, invisible, lacy, light, microcosmic,
     microscopic, misty, molecular, nebulous, negligible, nonadherent,
     nonadhesive, noncoherent, noncohesive, open, paltry, papery,
     phantomlike, rare, rarefied, reedy, shadowy, shaky, sketchy,
     slender, slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky,
     small, spirituous, subatomic, subtile, subtle, svelte, sylphlike,
     thin, thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-spun, thinned, thinned-out,
     thinnish, threadlike, trifling, twiggy, ultramicroscopic,
     unadhesive, uncoherent, uncohesive, uncompact, uncompressed,
     unconnected, unjoined, unreal, unseeable, unsubstantial,
     untenacious, vague, vaporous, wasp-waisted, watered, watered-down,
     watery, weak, willowy, windy, wiredrawn, wispy
  
  

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