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noun te·net \ˈte-nət also ˈtē-nət\

: a belief or idea that is very important to a group

Full Definition of TENET

:  a principle, belief, or doctrine generally held to be true; especially :  one held in common by members of an organization, movement, or profession

Examples of TENET

  1. the central tenets of a religion
  2. one of the basic tenets of the fashion industry

Origin of TENET

Latin, he holds, from tenēre to hold
First Known Use: circa 1600

Rhymes with TENET


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