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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 behavior is explained by Bernoulli’s principle, a fluid-dynamics tenet derived from Newton’s second law of motion.
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.
The report has three main tenets: addiction is not a moral failing, prevention is key and treatment works, Mumby said.
As election day nears, the Regalados’ quiet fundraising has become a central tenet of their chief nemesis Joe Carollo.
Once the borders had closed, the children and grandchildren of European immigrants—including Catholics and Jews—embraced, with varying degrees of ambivalence, core tenets of Anglo-American Protestant culture.
The rest of her style tenets shared onstage focused more on those who inspire her.
The inaction violates a widely preached, and in some cases painfully learned, tenet of investing: Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket.
Personify the tenets of the Athena Leadership Model.
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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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