Definition of tenet in US English:

tenet

noun

  • A principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy.

    ‘the tenets of classical liberalism’
    • ‘He reminded them of the basic tenets of biblical teaching.’
    • ‘One of the tenets of Christianity is forgiveness.’
    • ‘He outlines brilliantly the basic tenets of Conservatism.’
    • ‘She was deeply devoted to the tenets of her Christian faith.’
    • ‘One of the most basic tenets of military strategy is never give up the high ground.’
    • ‘He was no stranger to the tenets of humanist educational theory.’
    • ‘They do not have books on Islam and its various teachings and tenets, which they could read and learn from.’
    • ‘We looked at the basic tenets that underlie the field of design.’
    • ‘One of the central tenets of this ideology is the inherent inferiority and weakness of women.’
    • ‘No culture or religion can boast that its tenets are unique.’
    • ‘The main tenets of his argument were radically opposed to current thinking at the time.’
    • ‘The best way to combat inflation is to stick to the basic tenets of sound investing.’
    • ‘Such discrimination violates central tenets of our liberal legal system, including the rule of law.’
    • ‘A central tenet of organic growing is the principle of feeding the soil, not the plant.’
    • ‘One can try to apply the tenets of one's belief system to one's life.’
    • ‘The rule of law is one of the fundamental tenets of our democracy.’
    • ‘People raised in a religion tend to accept its tenets, often without independent examination.’
    • ‘Curiously, he never engages with the central tenet of the thesis.’
    • ‘Either you respect the basic tenets of civilised society, or you face the consequences.’
    • ‘Under the tenets of International Law they must surely qualify as war criminals.’
    principle, belief, doctrine, precept, creed, credo, article of faith, dogma, canon, rule
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

tenet

/ˈtɛnət//ˈtenət/