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Pronunciation: [tˈɛnəbə͡l] (IPA)

Tenable is a word used to describe something that is reasonable, logical, or justifiable. Synonyms for this word include defensible, reasonable, viable, logical, sound, and sustainable. When describing an argument or position that is rational, believable, and backed up by credible evidence, these synonyms can help to clarify your message. Defensible emphasizes the ability to be argued successfully and withstand scrutiny, whereas viable suggests that something is capable of being successful or productive. Logical indicates that something is based on sound reasoning, while sound emphasizes the soundness or solidity of an argument or position. Lastly, sustainable suggests that something is capable of being continued without exhausting resources or causing damage.

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What are the opposite words for tenable?

Tenable is an adjective that means something that is well-founded, strong and defensible. It can be applied to a wide variety of scenarios, both physical and abstract. When looking for the antonyms for tenable, words such as weak, unstable, and fragile come to mind. These words describe something that is not able to withstand scrutiny or criticism and are often used to describe arguments or structures that easily crumble under pressure. Other antonyms for tenable include indefensible, unsound, and unsustainable. In general, antonyms for tenable are used to describe something that is not robust, reliable or well-founded, and should be avoided in any type of decision-making process.

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Usage examples for Tenable

If there are three, four, five, or six such opinions tenable, we ought to have three, four, five, or six main subdivisions of life.
"Luck or Cunning?"
Samuel Butler
Duportail, a French officer of engineers, having arrived in town before the communication was closed with the country, declared, that the works of the besieged were not tenable, and might have been stormed ten days before.
"A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion"
William Dobein James
But this also is an argument which is obviously not tenable; as in our actual situation, it is only by keeping the price of corn up, very considerably above the average of the rest of Europe, that we can possibly be made to grow our own consumption.
"Observations on the Effects of the Corn Laws, and of a Rise or Fall in the Price of Corn on the Agriculture and General Wealth of the Country"
Thomas Malthus

Famous quotes with Tenable

  • I hear it said that West Berlin is militarily untenable-and so was Bastogne, and so, in fact, was Stalingrad. Any danger spot is tenable if men-brave men-will make it so.
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Freedom is a tenable objective only for responsible individuals. We do not believe in freedom for madmen or children. The necessity of drawing a line between responsible individuals and others is inescapable, yet it means that there is an essential ambiguity in our ultimate objective of freedom. Paternalism is inescapable for those whom we designate as not responsible.
    Milton Friedman
  • It is with considerable reluctance that I criticize the monetarists, because, though I consider their proposed monetary policy unfeasible, they are after all much more nearly right in their assumptions and prescriptions than the majority of present academic economists.  The simplistic form of the quantity theory of money that they hold is not tenable; but they are overwhelmingly right in insisting on how much "money matters," and they are right in insisting that in most circumstances, and over the long run, it is the quantity of money that is most influential in determining the purchasing power of the monetary unit.  Other things being equal, the more dollars that are issued, the smaller becomes the value of each individual dollar.  So at the moment the monetarists are more effective opponents of further inflation than the great bulk of politicians and even putative economists who still fail to recognize this basic truth.
    Henry Hazlitt
  • If the basic assumption of the theory of ideology is at all tenable, namely, that the general power relations embodied in our social structures can exert a distorting influence on the formation of our beliefs and preferences without our being aware of it, then we are definitely not going to put that kind of influence out of action by asking the agents in the society to imagine that they didn’t know their position. To think otherwise is to believe in magic: imagine you are “impartial” and you will be. In fact, doing that will be more likely to reinforce the power of these entrenched prejudices because it will explicitly present them as universal, warranted by reason, etc.
    Raymond Geuss
  • Agnosticism is a perfectly respectable and tenable philosophical position; it is not dogmatic and makes no pronouncements about the ultimate truths of the universe. It remains open to evidence and persuasion; lacking faith, it nevertheless does not deride faith.
    Sydney J. Harris

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