3. [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.
1. Thin; slender; small; minute.
2. Rare; subtile; not dense; -- said of fluids.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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