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ADJECTIVE (3)

1. having thin consistency;
- Example: "a tenuous fluid"

2. very thin in gauge or diameter;
- Example: "a tenuous thread"

3. lacking substance or significance;
- Example: "slight evidence"
- Example: "a tenuous argument"
- Example: "a thin plot" a fragile claim to fame";
[syn: flimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous, thin]


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. [1913 Webster] 2. Rare; subtile; not dense; -- said of fluids. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]
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]
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