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Examples of tenet in a Sentence
the central tenets of a religion
one of the basic tenets of the fashion industry
Recent Examples of tenet from the Web
Vieux said the Trump administration has violated those tenets by keeping the 2009 Obama-era memo in place, yet eliminating the possibility of parole for asylum seekers being held in the Detroit, El Paso, Los Angeles, Newark and Philadelphia regions.
Every Muslim leader must unequivocally proclaim that terror committed in the name of Islam violates the core tenets of the Prophet Mohammed.
Thorne and Hawking bet that black holes do in fact destroy information—seemingly breaking a tenet of quantum mechanics.
There's also the story of journalist Ida B. Wells who helped shape the tenets of modern journalism with her reporting on race and lynchings in the late 1800s.
Exporting fuel, another tenet of Trump's energy and economic policy, is also anathema to Navarro's worldview, said a source close to the administration.
Here is the central tenet of Facebook’s business: If lots of people click on, comment on, or share an ad, Facebook charges that advertiser less money to reach people.
The founding tenets of the faith have been shattered.
Potential candidates' actions must exemplify the academy's tenets of duty, honor and country.
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tenets vs. tenants
Thanks to its confusingly similar pronunciation, tenant (“occupant, land-holder”) is sometimes erroneously used in place of tenet (“principle, doctrine”). Consider this example:
One of the ancient tenants of the Buddist [sic] belief is, “He who sits still, wins” –Police, January/February 1968
You will probably never make the opposite mistake (that is, substitute tenet for tenant), but if you think you might, remember that tenant and occupant both end in -ant.
Origin and Etymology of tenet
First Known Use: circa 1600See Words from the same year
TENET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tenet for English Language Learners
: a belief or idea that is very important to a group
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