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Synonyms for tenuous
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tenuous(adj)

    having thin consistency

    "a tenuous fluid"

    Synonyms:
    fragile, thin, flimsy, slight

    Antonyms:
    thick, important, significant

  2. tenuous(adj)

    very thin in gauge or diameter

    "a tenuous thread"

    Synonyms:
    fragile, thin, flimsy, slight

    Antonyms:
    important, thick, significant

  3. flimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous, thin(adj)

    lacking substance or significance

    "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"; a fragile claim to fame"

    Synonyms:
    slender, delicate, slight, sparse, slim, fragile, lean, frail, thin, flimsy, little(a), svelte, unconvincing

    Antonyms:
    important, thick, significant

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tenuous

    Fine (Latin finis, end) denotes that which has been brought to a full end, finished. From this root-sense many derived meanings branch out, causing words quite remote from each other to be alike synonyms of fine. That which is truly finished, brought to an ideal end, is excellent of its kind, and beautiful, if a thing that admits of beauty; as, a fine house, fine trees, a fine woman, a fine morning; if a thing that admits of the removal of impurities, it is not finished till these are removed, and hence fine signifies clarified, clear, pure, refined; as, fine gold. That which is finished is apt to be polished, smooth to the touch, minutely exact in outline; hence fine comes to be a synonym for all words like dainty, delicate, exquisite; as, fine manners, a fine touch, fine perceptions. As that which is delicate is apt to be small, by an easy extension of meaning fine becomes a synonym for slender, slight, minute, comminuted; as, a fine thread, fine sand; or for filmy, tenuous, thin; as, a fine lace, fine wire; and as a thin edge is keen, sharp, fine becomes also a synonym for these words; as, a fine point, a fine edge. Compare BEAUTIFUL; MINUTE.

    Synonyms:
    beautiful, clarified, clear, comminuted, dainty, delicate, elegant, excellent, exquisite, fine, gauzy, handsome, keen, minute, nice, polished, pure, refined, sensitive, sharp, slender, slight, small, smooth, splendid, subtile, subtle, thin

    Antonyms:
    big, blunt, clumsy, coarse, great, heavy, huge, immense, large, rude, stout, thick

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    fragile, precarious, weak, flimsy

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How to use tenuous in a sentence?

  1. Kevin Daly:

    The outlook is tenuous for some countries, given the sensitivity for oil, investors will be a little bit more circumspect and demand a higher risk premium when it comes to these kind of commodities-sensitive countries in the current backdrop.

  2. Daron Shaw:

    There is some evidence here that President Trump is starting to realize some of the political benefits of robust economic growth, but the connection is tenuous now and the White House would be wise to carefully nurture it in advance of the November elections.

  3. Francis Birungi:

    There is a great disparity between the protection enshrined by the law and women’s lives and experiences, and land security for millions of women and their children remains tenuous.

  4. Ed Keon:

    The direct connection between the Italian government and the S&P 500 is tenuous, but it indirectly reminds people of geopolitical uncertainty.

  5. Bruce Clark:

    From our standpoint we wouldn't characterize Tesla as having a robust liquidity position by any means, but it's less tenuous than it was six to nine months ago.


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