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adjective: Very weak; unsubstantiated; thin.
From Latin tenuis (thin). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ten- (to stretch), which is also the source of tense, tenet, tendon, tent, tenor, tender, pretend, extend, tenure, tetanus, hypotenuse, tenable, extenuate, countenance, pertinacious, and detente. Earliest documented use: 1597.
"[Arizona governor Jan] Brewer's grasp of facts is tenuous: she told The Arizona Republic in 2010 that her father died fighting the Nazis in Germany, when he died a decade after the end of the war."
Maureen Dowd; Tension on the Tarmac; The New York Times; Jan 28, 2012.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone. -Czeslaw Milosz, poet and novelist (1911-2004)
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