- in- not + Latin teneo to hold: compare Latin intenibilis not to be grasped. Compare intenable, untenable. (Wiktionary)
“It is true that this sense of _captious_ may not have an exact parallel; but the intention of Shakspeare is very evident: _captious_ means, as Malone says, capable of _taking_ or _receiving_; and _intenible_”
“I. iii.208 (31,9) [captious and intenible sieve] The word _captious_ I never found in this sense; yet I cannot tell what to substitute, unless _carious, _ for _rotten_, which yet is a word more likely to have been mistaken by the copyers than used by the author.”
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