Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being tenable; tenability

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as tenability.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being tenable; tenability.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being plausible or acceptable to a reasonable person

Etymologies

tenable +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Striking it is, that even Lessing should cling to such definitions and employ all his ingenuity to prove their tenableness.

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 09 Friedrich Hebbel and Otto Ludwig

  • It was during this course of reading that for the first time a doubt came upon me of the tenableness of Anglicism, and by the end of August I was seriously alarmed.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 13 — Religion and Philosophy

  • Theology and speculative philosophy went on their courses unheedful of these developments of physical science, until in our day both have had to reconsider the tenableness of their position, and to see that Nature and its physical manifestations have to enter as all-important factors into their reconstructions.

    An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy

  • What then is to be said of the tenableness of such a position?

    On Compromise

  • Monophysites on his view of the tenableness of the Anglican theory, absolutely putting out of consideration the enormous difference of circumstances between the cases which are compared, and giving the instance in question a force and importance which seem to be in singular contrast with the general breadth and largeness of his reasoning, it was not the halting of an ecclesiastical theory which dissatisfied him with the English Church.

    Occasional Papers Selected from the Guardian, the Times, and the Saturday Review, 1846-1890

  • It was during this course of reading that for the first time a doubt came upon me of the tenableness of Anglicanism.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

  • Wonderfully active, wonderfully quick and receptive, full of imagination and of the power of combining and constructing, and never wearied out or dispirited, his mind took in large and grand ideas, and developed them with enthusiasm and success, and with all the resources of wide and varied knowledge; but the affluence and ingenuity of his thoughts indisposed him, as it indisposes many other able men, to the prosaic and uninteresting work of calling these thoughts into question, and cross-examining himself upon their grounds and tenableness.

    Occasional Papers Selected from the Guardian, the Times, and the Saturday Review, 1846-1890

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