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English definition of “untenable”

untenable

adjective     /ʌnˈten.ə.bl̩/ formal
describes a theory or argument that cannot be supported or defended against criticismWrong describes a situation that cannot continue as it is: If three people in four no longer support the government, isn't this an untenable situation?Impossible and improbable
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