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“untenable” in British English

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untenableadjective

uk /ʌnˈten.ə.bəl/ us /ʌnˈten.ə.bəl/ formal

If a theory or argument is untenable, it cannot be supported or defended against criticism.

An untenable situation cannot continue as it is:

If three people in four no longer support the government, isn't this an untenable situation?

(Definition of “untenable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“untenable” in American English

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untenableadjective

us /ʌnˈten·ə·bəl/

not able to be supported or defended against criticism, or no longer able to continue:

The position of the playersunion has become untenable.

(Definition of “untenable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)