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
Estimating (TCASE) software, which uses reference class forecasting tenets to predict the most uncertain of undertakings: creating new technology.
All Humana members covered under its commercial, Medicare and Medicaid health plans, including everyone who bought insurance on the individual [Obamacare] marketplace, are once again able to access Tenet providers in-network.
In opening statements, Rushton accused the defendants of adhering to two street code tenets: Don't be a rat and any slights will be met with violence.
But the president's critics say his refusal to affirm America's commitment to Article 5, the core tenet of the NATO alliance, has seriously damaged our relations with Europe.
Kirksey, while not drafted by this current regime, now represents two of the tenets that will ultimately make or break this front office and coaching staff: player development and retaining talent.
But, even amid that criticism, Bush never sought to undo or undermine the basic tenets of NATO or the G7.
This goes against the spirit of the Geneva Conventions, the fundamental tenets of international humanitarian law, and our basic humanity.
There was no debate before delegates easily passed a slate of resolutions supporting key tenets of the Trump administration's agenda Sunday, the last day of the California Republican convention.
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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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