tenet was our Word of the Day on 01/20/2017. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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 behavior is explained by Bernoulli’s principle, a fluid-dynamics tenet derived from Newton’s second law of motion.
The report has three main tenets: addiction is not a moral failing, prevention is key and treatment works, Mumby said.
Weirdly, the EmDrive doesn’t expel anything at all, and that doesn’t make sense in light of Newton’s third law or another tenet of classical mechanics, the conservation of momentum.
In laying down a sweeping tax reform Thursday, House Republicans have put all their trust into a central tenet of conservative thought: Tax cuts will spur growth.
Christianity is based on the tenets of Jesus Christ, who never once promoted such violence and peril.
Also last week Lakewood City Council passed a resolution asking schools, student clubs, parents and community leaders use Say Something tenets in their schools, homes and community.
Does that sound like anyone who would co-opt the tenets of mass murder and torture to you?
In other words, this anti-status quo tenet has been an element of Iranian policy since before the Islamic revolution.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tenet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
TENET Defined for English Language Learners
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up tenet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).