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ten·u·ous

tenuous

 
 
pronunciation:
ten yu s
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having little substance, support, or significance; flimsy; weak.
Her tenuous understanding of the course material did not prove sufficient for passing the final exam.The alliance between the two nations was tenuous and there was still distrust on both sides.
synonyms:
flimsy, fragile, frail, insubstantial, thin, unsubstantial
antonyms:
convincing, strong, substantial
similar words:
groundless, insignificant, negligible, slight, weak
definition 2: thin, slender, or slight in form.
synonyms:
gracile, slender, slight, slim, spare, svelte, thin
antonyms:
brawny, massive, substantial, thick
similar words:
aerial, angular, gaunt, lank, lean, skinny, trim
definition 3: thin in texture or consistency; dilute.
synonyms:
attenuate, rare, rarefied, thin
similar words:
aerial, delicate, ethereal, fragile, gossamer, light, sheer, transparent
derivations: tenuously (adv.), tenuousness (n.)
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