tenuious

tenuious late 15c., from L. tenuis "thin" (see TENUOUS (Cf. tenuous)) + -OUS (Cf. -ous).

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  • Tenuious — Te*nu i*ous, a. [See {Tenuous}.] Rare or subtile; tenuous; opposed to dense. [Obs.] Glanvill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenuious — …   Useful english dictionary

  • tenuous — 1590s, irregularly formed from L. tenuis thin, from PIE root *ten to stretch (Cf. Skt. tanuh thin, lit. stretched out; see TENET (Cf. tenet)) + ous. The correct form with respect to the Latin is TENUIOUS (Cf. tenuious). The sense of having slight …   Etymology dictionary

  • tenuous — [16] 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… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • tenuous — [16] 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… …   Word origins

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