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ten·a·ble

tenable

 
 
pronunciation:
te n bl
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: able to be upheld, affirmed, supported, or defended; logical.
When he finally did his research, he found to his disappointment that his argument was not tenable.It sounds like something that would benefit us, but we'll have to make sure it's a tenable proposition.
synonyms:
defensible, explicable, justifiable, sound, supportable, sustainable
antonyms:
indefensible, untenable
similar words:
credible, impregnable, indisputable, irrefutable, legitimate, logical, plausible, practicable, rational, sensible, unassailable, undeniable, unquestionable, viable
definition 2: able to be defended from armed attack.
If the enemy crosses the river, we will withdraw south to a tenable position.
synonyms:
defensible, impregnable
antonyms:
indefensible
similar words:
indestructible, insurmountable, invincible, inviolable, safe, secure, unassailable, unbeatable
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)tenable hardly, however, increasingly, least, less, long, more, simply, yet
(adj.)tenable + noun approach, cause, claim, explanation, hypothesis, idea, model, position, situation, theory, thesis, truth, view
derivations: tenably (adv.), tenability (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word tenable contains the following parts:
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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