- any opinion, principle, doctrine, dogma, etc., especially one held as true by members of a profession, group, or movement.
Origin of tenet
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Examples from the Web for tenet
Charter schools, rejecting the tenet of promotion through seniority, promised to do better.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
By late Jan. 2003, Tenet had signed the first formal guidelines for interrogation and confinement.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
Meanwhile, [CIA Director George] Tenet and I sat together in my small office.The First American: Excerpt from Henry Crumpton’s ‘The Art of Intelligence’
Henry A. Crumpton
May 14, 2012
When Tenet was asked whether it was appropriate to describe Ciralsky that way, Tenet answered, “No.”
The only problem was that Tenet made those remarks two weeks before the actual polygraph test.
He was as unconscious, almost, as he had been back there in Tenet's cabin after his fall.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
Vicente Blasco Ibez
Was it something in a cast of character or a tenet of a creed, or was it what any one could emulate?The Letter of the Contract
The tenet of predestination was the keystone of his religion.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
This tenet of his religion he infused in some measure into all his novels.Australian Writers
You will be surprised to know that many an Islamic tenet is entirely in accord with it.Notes on Islam
- a belief, opinion, or dogma
Word Origin and History for tenet
"principle," properly "a thing held (to be true)," early 15c., from Latin tenet "he holds," third person singular present indicative of tenere "to hold, to keep, to maintain" from PIE root *ten- "to stretch" (cf. Sanskrit tantram "loom," tanoti "stretches, lasts;" Persian tar "string;" Lithuanian tankus "compact," i.e. "tightened;" Greek teinein "to stretch," tasis "a stretching, tension," tenos "sinew," tetanos "stiff, rigid," tonos "string," hence "sound, pitch;" Latin tendere "to stretch," tenuis "thin, rare, fine;" Old Church Slavonic tento "cord;" Old English thynne "thin"). Connection notion between "stretch" and "hold" is "to cause to maintain." The modern sense is probably because tenet was used in Medieval Latin to introduce a statement of doctrine.