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Short Definition : capable of being stretched; of tension; Ex. tensile rubber

(adj) of or relating to tension
Example Sentence
  • tensile stress
  • tensile pull

(adj) capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
Synonyms : ductile , malleable , pliable , pliant , tractile
Example Sentence
  • ductile copper
  • malleable metals such as gold
  • they soaked the leather to made it pliable
  • pliant molten glass
  • made of highly tensile steel alloy

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tensile

Tensile and Ductile have one thing in common. They both refer to something that is easily strechable.
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Short Definition : stretching; condition of being stretched; mental strain; strained relationship between groups or people

(noun) (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
Synonyms : stress , tenseness
Example Sentence
  • he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension
  • stress is a vasoconstrictor

(noun) the physical condition of being stretched or strained
Synonyms : tautness , tenseness , tensity
Example Sentence
  • it places great tension on the leg muscles
  • he could feel the tenseness of her body

(noun) a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)
Example Sentence
  • there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time
  • there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history

(noun) (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body
Example Sentence
  • the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear

(noun) feelings of hostility that are not manifest
Synonyms : latent hostility
Example Sentence
  • he could sense her latent hostility to him
  • the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions

(noun) the action of stretching something tight
Example Sentence
  • tension holds the belt in the pulleys

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tension

Tension and Confusion. Tension leads to a strained confusion of mind.
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Short Definition : not fully worked out or developed; provisional; experimental; uncertain; hesitant; not definite or positive; Ex. tentative agreement/reply

(adj) under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon
Example Sentence
  • probationary employees
  • a provisional government
  • just a tentative schedule

(adj) unsettled in mind or opinion
Synonyms : doubtful
Example Sentence
  • drew a few tentative conclusions

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tentative

Living in a tent temporarily. If you are living in a tent, you are unsettled.
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by dancing_shiv

living in (tent) temporarily.if u are living in tent u are unsettled
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by dancing_shiv

Tentative is Relative to uncertainty, hesitancy.
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by pushpa_edit

If you live in a TENT than you are without confidence or provisional about your location.
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by odostaples


Short Definition : thin; slim; rare

(adj) having thin consistency
Example Sentence
  • a tenuous fluid

(adj) very thin in gauge or diameter
Example Sentence
  • a tenuous thread

(adj) lacking substance or significance
Synonyms : flimsy , fragile , slight , thin
Example Sentence
  • slight evidence
  • a tenuous argument
  • a thin plot
  • a fragile claim to fame

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tenuous

this word sound very close to TENNIS....and most of the female TENNIS PLAYERS ARE VERY SLIM AND THIN...
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by preetisoni2411

TENUOUS can be split as TEN+US,so TEN of us goin to USa together,the chances are very SLIM and it'll be a RARITY
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by imajeeth

Tenuous comes from Attenuate. Attenuate means to make thin.
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by tanvir

tenous...this word it extracted from Latin tenuis means...thin, slight...
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by preetisoni2411

split it "Ten+of+us". It is a rare possiblity that ten of us will accomodate in car
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by amolge

this word is delibrately mispronounced some times as your ten years daughter is very thin.........and slim.....
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by preetisoni2411

tenuous can be related to tension a person is weak....
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by narenkumar

Tenuous and Bulbous are rhyming words with different meanings. Tenuous is something slim or thin while Bulbous is something fat and round .
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by pushpa_edit

Read TENUOUS as 'TEN of U vs twO of US', so when ur only two against ten, u become "WEAK AND INSUBSTANTIAL"( Insubstantial : lacking strength and solidity ).
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by vj.suryawanshi

tenuous sounds like "Thin" and fragile
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by animator

me playin TENNIS is a tenuous idea
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by massb

TEN+US....the plane we hired to go to gre could manage only 10 people because the plane was TENUOUS
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by nileshdive

though ten of us are thin ,its very rare to fit in the car
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TEN of US can only cook a TENUOUS dish... for too many cooks spoil the dish..
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by shalnew

tenuous = tenis. tenis players(female) are thin and generally lack substance - they are more hype.
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by aroraraman309

ten u or us:so doubtful,uncertain; tender: easily broken so must be thin
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by laaptu

tenuous-sounds like strenuous. under strain we become fragile and thin
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by authortobe

Tenuous sound like tender, and tender meat is soft/flimsy
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by pacdee

think about Tin can which is thin
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by kondaharsha


Short Definition : holding of an office or real estate; time during which such an office is held

(noun) the term during which some position is held
Synonyms : incumbency , term of office

(noun) the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands
Synonyms : land tenure

(verb) give life-time employment to
Example Sentence
  • She was tenured after she published her book

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tenure

sounds like ten you are holding an office for the last ten years.
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by sravan1411

Tenure and Ensure. The property owner Ensures against a fraudulent tenant by setting a lease period or a tenure for renting out his property.
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by pushpa_edit

U need MANURE for u'r Farm in u'r Real Estate which u have been holding from several time
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by Phanik12312

from previous's yours from ten years and holding it...
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by Thisisnotme


Short Definition : lukewarm; slightly warm; half-hearted; not eager; Ex. tepid reaction to the new film; Ex. tepid supporter

(adj) moderately warm
Synonyms : lukewarm
Example Sentence
  • he hates lukewarm coffee
  • tepid bath water

(adj) feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm
Example Sentence
  • a halfhearted effort
  • gave only lukewarm support to the candidate

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tepid

tepid sounds like torpid which is sluggish ie, inactive
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by rsakthivelece

te(tea) and pid(dip):ypu can dip ur hand into tea only when it is lukewarm
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by gre_10

tepid..sounds like rapid....when u have half hearted approach for sth u do things rapidly..means u want to just finish ur work u have no interst in doing it...
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by preetisoni2411

~tea+Pee'd:: you can have hint from either TEA or PEE, in either case it's luke warm
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by rajeev10

Tepid can be thought of as "Tap" which gives lukewarm water..
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by mohitdia

tepid=tap+it....introducing the new "TAP IT gyser"...tap it once and u shall get LUKE WARM water...tap it twice and u shall get hot water.......:D
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by verbal800

Tepid refers to something Mild, lukewarm or not too hot.
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by pushpa_edit

tepid = tea + pid; i.e. pid is having low control power which has little interest.
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by shaktipada

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