V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: reasonable and rational, especially when factual evidence supports a claim

Synonyms: reasonable, believable, credible, justifiable, plausible, rational

Antonyms: unbelievable, unreasonable, irrational

Tips: Tenable is derived from the Latin tenere, which means "to hold." A tenable argument holds true because it is based on reason and evidence. Think of the related word tenacious, which means "holding on tightly or sticking firmly." Something tenable is tenacious in holding on to the truth. Something tenable "holds" true until proven otherwise. Something that is untenable is considered undefendable.

Usage Examples:

Her statement that gas-guzzling cars do not affect the environment is not very tenable. (reasonable, rational, believable)

Most of Albert Einstein's theories have proven tenable over time. (plausible, believable, rational)

He made sure his proposal for the new library was legally tenable before he brought it before the committee. (plausible, justifiable, rational)

Did you get this information from a tenable source? (credible, believable)

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