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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. [1913 Webster] If you have hitherto concealed his sight, Let it be tenable in your silence still. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I would be the last man in the world to give up his cause when it was tenable. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]