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  • n. the quality of being tenuous

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Tenuous or attenuated character or quality; slenderness; thinness; sparseness; rarity.


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  • Further evidence of the tenuousness of nuclear peace between India and Pakistan is provided by Jason Fritz in his 2009 paper for the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, "Hacking Nuclear Command and Control."

    Russ Wellen: Do Nuclear Weapons Keep India and Pakistan From Each Other's Throats?

  • She defiantly declared she would “never go home again” but at the same time was haunted by the tenuousness of her fugitive status.

    A Covert Affair

  • Perhaps sensing the tenuousness of this argument, the Obama administration's own lawyers have switched to arguing that the mandate is authorized under Congress' power to "lay and collect Taxes."

    Obama's Mandate Vs. The Founders'

  • Mubarak's apparent ability to surprise the news media and the Obama administration "underscores the tenuousness and incompleteness of our knowledge of what's going on in Egypt," said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    White House pushes for 'genuine transition' in Egypt

  • The bullpen has more than cut its number of walks in half so far this month (to 17 from 50 in May) and yet, even as the starters have bought the relievers some time to work out the early kinks, there is a certain tenuousness to the bullpen's success.

    Mets Find Sweet Relief

  • Initially, when I asked Rifkin about his connection to Judaism, he emphasized its tenuousness:

    Joshua Stanton: Jesse Rifkin: Real "Bad Jew"

  • The rotation would seem to be one of the Mets 'greatest strengths, but there's a sense of tenuousness to it.

    Five Issues the Mets Need to Resolve

  • The attack underscored the tenuousness of security a month before the U.S. military is scheduled to declare the nominal end of its combat mission in Iraq and reduce its troop level to 50,000.

    Three U.S. Embassy guards killed in rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone

  • But he is disregarding not only the tenuousness of his relationship with them but their lack of relationship with each other.

    Bradley W. Bloch: How Much Does Your Network Weigh?

  • In most cases, I cannot identify them by name, either because of the tenuousness of their position in neighboring Thailand, whose government is not friendly to their presence, or because of the sensitivity of what they do and whom they work for.

    Lifting the Bamboo Curtain


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