Definition of tenet in English:


Syllabification: ten·et
Pronunciation: /ˈtenit


  • 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.

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