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  • n. The property of being tenable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being tenable; tenableness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being tenable; tenableness.

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

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


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  • In addition to monitoring thermal conditions and visibility, researchers also measured the oxygen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide levels to determine the tenability, that is, survival conditions, on the fire floor.

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  • Demonstrating that they are not simply false but grossly mistaken thus serves as an index of the tenability of his remarks.

    Making a Monkey out of Pat Buchanan

  • The story might be warm, but I sense a false assumption that those who do not fundamentally doubt their faith are somehow uncritical and naive about the tenability of their beliefs.

    Preach Your Doubts

  • And this connects with familiar debates as to the tenability of externalist views in the philosophy of mind.

    Petty Injuries

  • The third question regards the tenability of the fundamental theory.

    Molecular Genetics

  • The tenability of such accounts concerns not only philosophers primarily interested in pleasure but also those more generally concerned with the nature of mind.


  • In sum, the reduplicative strategy is of no use in showing the logical tenability of the two natures doctrine.

    The Maverick on Reduplication

  • The bulk of the arguments here attempt argument by example and reductio ad absurdum, as do most authors who attempt to demonstrate the tenability of their assertions by parallel links with plausible positions.

    Choice For Men: Do Feminists and Pro-Lifers Make The Same Argument?

  • For example, some of Derek Parfit's work on personal identity is supposed to undermine the importance of personal identity as such, and that in turn might undermine the tenability of agent-relativity (see Parfit 1984).

    Reasons for Action: Agent-Neutral vs. Agent-Relative

  • It had none of the arrogant retreat to a juvenile mode of pranksterish defiance that "Liberty" had; it turned the Rockwellian nostalgia of "Lazy River Road" inward on itself, almost against itself, in an inquiry into the tenability of idealism and sentimentality in a universe where, as another song has it, "You always hurt the one you love."

    The Annotated "Days Between"


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