Definition of untenable in English:

untenable

adjective

  • (especially of a position or view) not able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection.

    ‘this argument is clearly untenable’
    • ‘If this does not happen, it could create an untenable situation and cause unjustifiable delays.’
    • ‘His stance just let the issue grow more out of control and brought his own status at the helm of the Spanish team to an almost untenable position.’
    • ‘The average person, a parent in particular, is being subjected to an untenable level of stress.’
    • ‘That is absolutely absurd and untenable and, in our submission, a serious deficiency.’
    • ‘But now they have gone out on such precarious limbs their positions are clearly untenable.’
    • ‘He's been put in an untenable position and his future in the ruling coalition is being debated openly.’
    • ‘They were in an untenable position and her lawyer didn't talk to Libby for a year.’
    • ‘We tend to jump to untenable conclusions, swayed by popular impressions or simple emotions.’
    • ‘Another common theme is the debunking of the fringe pseudosciences or other untenable positions.’
    • ‘He came along and he questioned the chair-man's future and that it could be made untenable.’
    • ‘When confronted with this argument, many leftists fall back on what seems an untenable position.’
    • ‘The meeting unanimously agreed that the current situation at the hospital was untenable.’
    • ‘Insiders have suggested that he is in an untenable position.’
    • ‘It sounds like an untenable situation, but he remains upbeat.’
    • ‘He accepted the agreement after he said his condition was untenable.’
    • ‘The reason for its decline should be obvious: for most people the diet is simply untenable.’
    • ‘Such work by judges creates absolutely untenable working conditions for police officers.’
    • ‘His position is untenable one unless he means us to make a bonfire not just of Dilthey but Nietzsche and Heidegger too.’
    • ‘This is an untenable position to take and is fantasy politics.’
    • ‘Clearly this is an untenable situation from our point of view.’
    indefensible, undefendable, unarguable, insupportable, refutable, unsustainable, unjustified, unwarranted, unjustifiable, inadmissible, unsound, ill-founded, flimsy, weak, shaky, flawed, defective, faulty, implausible, specious, groundless, unfounded, baseless, invalid, absurd, illogical, irrational, preposterous, senseless, unacceptable
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Pronunciation

untenable

/ʌnˈtɛnəb(ə)l/