Something tenable is able to be defended.
In other words, if something is tenable, you can hold onto it and protect it from being attacked.
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Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a tenable opinion.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "Their opinion was tenable.”)
How to use it:
Tenable things can be defended against people who disagree, meaning whatever is tenable is probably logical, reasonable, or based on evidence or facts.
So, talk about tenable ideas and theories, tenable opinions and views and positions and arguments, tenable predictions and guesses, tenable plans and solutions, and so on.
Interestingly, much of the time when you see "tenable," it's used in a negative way: "the prospect became less and less tenable," "they haven't generated a single tenable idea," "the method is no longer tenable."
You can also express ideas like that by using the opposite word, "untenable:" an idea, statement, prediction and so on that's untenable can't be defended and is probably illogical, unreasonable, or based on shaky or missing evidence or facts.
I did kind of want to support her business plan on GoFundMe, but she didn't mention anything that made it seem tenable.
As far as I know, you don't get marked down on the SAT essay for using untenable evidence. So if you get stuck for ideas while writing, feel free to make stuff up!
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "tenable" means when you can explain it without saying "strong" or "defensible."
Think of something that costs more than you think it should, and fill in the blanks: "Considering _____, I think a more tenable price for _____ is $_____, not the $_____ they're asking for it."
Example: "Considering how it's made of pressed cardboard and not even real wood, I think a more tenable price for the shelf is $30, not the $300 they're asking for it."
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Playing With Words:
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"Guess the food!
Origin: The Portuguese slang word for 'bogeyman' inspired this name, since the three holes at the base of this fruit resemble a scary human face."
"The food is: Coconut.
Tidbit: Coco was an appropriate slang word for 'bogeyman' since it means 'grinning skull or face.'”
"Guess the musician!
'Been protested and demonstrated against. Picket signs for my wicked rhymes, look at the times.'
'I am whatever you say I am. If I wasn’t, then why would I say I am?'
'I’m not afraid to take a stand.
Everybody come take my hand.'
'So won’t the real Slim Shady please stand up, please stand up?'
'If you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted—one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?'”
A Point Well Made:
Saint Thomas Aquinas: “Beware the man of one book.”
1. One opposite of TENABLE is
2. It was awkward, to say the least, when we found out that their _____ was based on an untenable _____.
A. operating system .. expense
B. timeline .. month
C. research .. theory
Answers are below.
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