- A principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy: the tenets of classical liberalismMore example sentences
- 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.
late 16th century (superseding earlier tenent): from Latin, literally 'he holds', from the verb tenere.