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
Since the founding of this nation, freedom of the press has been a fundamental tenet of American life.
Technologies grow obsolete as the world spins forward, but the verities of art, the lessons of history, and the tenets of great philosophers are enduringly relevant.
Gina Champion-Cain, American National Investments NO: All tenets of financial planning strongly discourage limited equity to debt ratios.
Still, the variety of gender expressions and identities is a testament to a key tenet of Western transgender advocacy.
Freedom of labor movement is a tenet of EU membership and May initially interpreted the referendum result as a demand to stop that.
Jay Bilas, on UNC case The NCAA has spent years trying to prosecute the UNC case, arguing that the university violated the tenets of academic integrity.
Free movement of citizens is a basic tenet of EU law.
The four-term governor has made reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting green technology a key tenet of his administration.
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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 1600See Words from the same year
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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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