Tenure and Tenuous
Despite their similarities, the two words have nothing to do with each other.
- tenure: It can be a noun or verb, meaning occupying a place or holding an office. “During his tenure in the office, he did ….” However this word is most often used in an academic institution when a professor gets a permanent position. I was told that in major universities in the U.S., a denied tenure often results in a lawsuit.
- tenuous: very weak. “the tenuous hold”
Tendentious and Contentious
- tendentious: This word seems to be the adjective form for the word tendency, meaning expressing a view that has certain tendencies, most likely controversial tendencies.
- contentious: provoking argument or controversy. This word has no relationship with the word “content”.
Tantamount and Paramount
- tantamount: as good as, as much as, as important as
- paramount: more important than
Tempestuous and Contemptuous
- tempestuous: It is the adjective form of the word “tempest”, which means storm. So tempestuous means stormy.
- contemptuous: It is the adjective form of the word “contempt”, which means look down upon.
Tenacious, Audacious, Mendacious
- tenacious: persistent, persevering, not easily stopped.
- audacious: bold and reckless
- mendacious: insincere and lying
Tenable, Untenable, Obtainable, Unobtainable, Attainable, Unattainable
- Tenable means able to be sustained and maintained. However “not tenable” and “untenable” are used more often than “tenable” to indicate something that can not be maintained or defended.
- Obtain and attain are similar, but obtain is more about procure something while attain is more about achieve a certain goal. At least that’s my understanding.