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tenet

[ ten-it; British also tee-nit ]
/ ˈtɛn ɪt; British also ˈti nɪt /
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noun

any opinion, principle, doctrine, dogma, etc., especially one held as true by members of a profession, group, or movement.

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Origin of tenet

1590–1600; <Latin: he holds

pronunciation note for tenet

The word tenet , defined here, should not be hard to pronounce. For speakers of American English, say the number ten, then add the pronoun it , and you have tenet , pronounced (tenit). Unfortunately, there is a similar-looking and similar-sounding word in English that is much more common—the word tenant , meaning someone who rents and occupies an apartment, office, etc. This word is pronounced (tenənt), and its pronunciation is frequently used in error by people who intend to say tenet . Because both words involve sequences of the same letters t and n —both of which are pronounced with the tongue in the same place, touching the upper palate—it is easy for the extra n of the more common word tenant to creep into the pronunciation of tenet . With care, one can learn to pronounce these two words differently and appropriately.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tenet

tenant, tenet
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British Dictionary definitions for tenet

tenet
/ (ˈtɛnɪt, ˈtiːnɪt) /

noun

a belief, opinion, or dogma

Word Origin for tenet

C17: from Latin, literally: he (it) holds, from tenēre to hold
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