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
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 1600
TENET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tenet for English Language Learners
: a belief or idea that is very important to a group
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