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
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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
A major tenet of official Saudi Islamic teaching is obedience to rulers — hardly a precept that encourages terrorism intended to break nations.
Trump is both a product of a masculine culture and a beneficiary of its musky tenets.
Chief Brown has drawn attention for his willingness to question even the most basic tenets of policing — like chasing bad guys under any circumstance.
One of the tenets of Wine School is that opinions, no matter how tenaciously held, should periodically be re-examined.
One effort has included amplifying the testimony of Islamic State recruits who have escaped and now describe the group’s brutality and question its adherence to the true tenets of Islam.
The pain of paying is a core tenet of behavioral economics, that poppy offshoot of number-crunching that forms the basis of best-sellers like Dan Ariely’s book Predictably Irrational.
Indeed, according to the tenets of threat assessment, nobody just snaps; everybody follows an explicable course, even those intent on accomplishing the inexplicable.
Kennedy and Eberhardt lay out some the major tenets for writing algorithms to mimic natural flocking or schooling behavior.
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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
Latin, he holds, from tenēre to hold
First Known Use: circa 1600
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Definition of tenet for English Language Learners
: a belief or idea that is very important to a group
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