1. tenu- + -ous.
2. => having slight importance, not substantial.
来自拉丁语 tenuis,拉长的，薄的，细的，来自 PIE*ten,展开，词源同 extend,thin,attenuate.引 申词义纤细的，脆弱的等。
- tenuous:  Tenuous comes from the same ultimate ancestor as thin. It is an alteration of an earlier and now defunct tenuious, which was adapted from Latin tenuis ‘thin’. And this went back to the Indo-European base *ten- ‘stretch’, a variant of which produced English thin.
=> tend, thin
- tenuous (adj.)
- 1590s, "thin, unsubstantial," irregularly formed from Latin tenuis "thin, drawn out, meager, slim, slender," figuratively "trifling, insignificant, poor, low in rank," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch" (cognates: Sanskrit tanuh "thin," literally "stretched out;" see tenet) + -ous. The correct form with respect to the Latin is tenuious. The figurative sense of "having slight importance, not substantial" is found from 1817 in English. Related: Tenuously; tenuousness.
- 1. This decision puts the President in a somewhat tenuous position.
- 2. a tenuous hold on life
- 3. He has a rather tenuous grasp of reality.
- 4. The cultural and historical links between the many provinces were seen to be very tenuous.
- 5. The historical links between many provinces were seen to be very tenuous.
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