From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tenable \Ten"a*ble\ (t[e^]n"[.a]*b'l), a. [F. tenable, fr. tenir
   to hold, L. tenere. See Thin, and cf. Continue,
   Continent, Entertain, Maintain, Tenant, Tent.]
   Capable of being held, maintained, or defended, as against an
   assailant or objector, or against attempts to take or
   process; as, a tenable fortress, a tenable argument.
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         If you have hitherto concealed his sight,
         Let it be tenable in your silence still. --Shak.
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         I would be the last man in the world to give up his
         cause when it was tenable.               --Sir W.
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