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
The best medicine is to convince Westerners that Muslims who reject the tenets of radical Islam and oppose its methods are a distinct category, and truly on the West’s side.
This challenged some basic tenets of genetics, as well as the ways that scientists and physicians interpreted genetic tests.
But the nation, like Sang, is changing tact and embracing sustainability—no longer beholden to the singular tenet of growth at any cost.
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.
The petition seeks to embed in the New Orleans Home Rule Charter the basic tenets of the coalition bent on saving those statues and other odes to the Confederacy scattered in stone and signage around the city.
Gina Champion-Cain, American National Investments NO: All tenets of financial planning strongly discourage limited equity to debt ratios.
Her practice, in short, is inextricably linked to the tenets of forest bathing.
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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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