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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: tenuis 'thin, tenuous'

tenuous

adjective
     
ten‧u‧ous
1 a situation or relationship that is tenuous is uncertain, weak, or likely to change:
For now, the band's travel plans are tenuous.
tenuous link/connection etc
The United Peace Alliance had only a tenuous connection with the organized Labour movement.
The link between her family and the King's is rather tenuous.
2 literary very thin and easily broken
tenuously adverb

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