Definition of tenet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtenət/


A principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy: the tenets of classical liberalism
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  • No culture or religion can boast that its tenets are unique.
  • People raised in a religion tend to accept its tenets, often without independent examination.
  • One can try to apply the tenets of one's belief system to one's life.
principle, belief, doctrine, precept, creed, credo, article of faith, axiom, dogma, canon;
theory, thesis, premise, conviction, idea, view, opinion, position;
(tenets) ideology, code of belief, teaching(s)


Late 16th century (superseding earlier tenent): from Latin, literally 'he holds', from the verb tenere.

Words that rhyme with tenet

Bennett, genet, jennet, rennet, senate, sennet, sennit

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Syllabification: ten·et

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