Origin of tenetL, he holds from tenere: see tenant
The definition of a tenet is a belief or principle that is held by a group as being true.
An example of tenet is the Christian belief that Jesus is the son of God.
A doctrine, principle, or position held as part of a philosophy, religion, or field of endeavor.
Origin of tenetProbably from Medieval Latin from Latin third person sing. present indicative of tenēre to hold ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
Latin tenet (“he holds"), from teneÅ (“hold; have")
- Yet, in striking contrast to this orthodox tenet is his vivid conception of the weakness and misery of men, the hopelessness of the struggle with evil, whether in society or in the individual.
- He avers that this " metaphysic of experience " is not idealism, or the tenet that consciousness is the only reality.
- Immediately after the death of Huss many priests who refused to administer communion in the two kinds - now the principal tenet of the adherents of Huss - had been expelled from their parishes.
- The tenet of its axial movement was held by many of his followers - in an obscure form by Philolaus of Crotona after the middle of the 5th century B.C., and more explicitly by Ecphantus and Hicetas of Syracuse (4th century B.C.), and by Heraclides of Pontus.
- At various periods in the history of the middle ages we encounter sudden outbreaks of millennarianism, sometimes as the tenet of a small sect, sometimes as a far-reaching movement.