Definition of tenet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtenɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenɪt//
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one of the principles or beliefs that a theory or larger set of beliefs is based on one of the basic/central tenets of Christianity Word Originlate 16th cent. (superseding earlier tenent): from Latin, literally ‘he holds’, from the verb tenere.Extra examples It is necessary to understand the tenets of Hinduism to see where this custom originated. They are an extreme sect with their own tenets and doctrines. This is one of the central tenets of their moral thinking. Underlying Leninism was the tenet that revolution was inevitable.
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