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Definition weak or having little substance

More rarely, tenuous can mean that something is thin in consistency or diameter.
  • Her reasoning is tenuous at best.
tenuous = weak or having little substance
  • a tenuous thread
  • That vision, faint and tenuous as it was, had kept him from thinking of other women.
    Wharton, Edith  --  The Age of Innocence
  • A tenuous and sudden memory.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • tenuous = weak or having little substance
  • And the whole place seemed so tenuous, so temporary.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • tenuous = weak or having little substance
  • a tenuous fluid
  • There was a tenuous mist in the distance, and it softened exquisitely the noble lines of the buildings.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • That vision, faint and tenuous as it was, had kept him from thinking of other women.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • She seemed ghostly, her sculptured profile softened by a tenuous blue light, and he realized that she was crying in silence.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Serena had sent him this e-mail: "John's condition is growing more tenuous.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I knew that there was something small and tenuous between us, and I didn't want to deal with anything that might change it.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • Without their even having realized it, their ears had picked it up, very tenuous at the start, but steadily increasing.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He hovered tenuously between life and death for three days.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • He balked around for a while, said it was all a question of balancin' the equities or something, that I was in an interesting but tenuous position.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • She hadn't moved from the couch even after she'd stopped crying, feeling somehow that the slightest movement would shatter her tenuous composure.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • Not with my mind so tenuous.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • They were meddling with a tenuous balance.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Maybe it's all the small things— like being guided slowly forward, surely, day after day-that stretch out to strengthen even the most tenuous bond.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • The situation at home had become even more tenuous.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Huge and tenuous at one moment, it would slowly shrink, brightening at the same time as if new fuel was being fed to its internal fires.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End

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