1. The quality or state of being tenuous; thinness, applied to a broad substance; slenderness, applied to anything that is long; as, the tenuity of a leaf; the tenuity of a hair.

2. Rarily; rareness; thinness, as of a fluid; as, the tenuity of the air; the tenuity of the blood.

3. Poverty; indigence.

4. Refinement; delicacy.

Origin: L. Tenuitas, from tenuis thin: cf. F. Tenuite. See Tenuous.

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