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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
Yes, for his ignorance of company policy but, more importantly, for his witless inexperience with the basic tenets of successful human interaction.
That made him an anomaly for his era: a 2000s progressive who rooted his singing in the tenets of 1980s and 1990s rock, and someone who knew how to extract feeling both from careful whispers and gnarled yelps.
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.
The method combines Eastern philosophical tenets of wabi-sabi (finding beauty in flaws and imperfections) and mushin (embracing change).
But the nation, like Sang, is changing tact and embracing sustainability—no longer beholden to the singular tenet of growth at any cost.
Seeking to rally support, McConnell, reminded GOP senators that obliterating the 2010 statute has been a central tenet for the party's candidates.
Aspects of it are embedded in the legal systems of Muslim-majority countries, and its tenets are interpreted variously based on the country and schools of Islamic thought.
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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
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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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