[ten-it; British also tee-nit]
any opinion, principle, doctrine, dogma, etc., especially one held as true by members of a profession, group, or movement.

1590–1600; < Latin: he holds

tenant, tenet.

belief, position.
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tenet (ˈtɛnɪt, ˈtiːnɪt)
a belief, opinion, or dogma
[C17: from Latin, literally: he (it) holds, from tenēre to hold]

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Word Origin & History

"principle," properly "a thing held (to be true)," 1413, from L. tenet "he holds," third person singular present indicative of tenere "to hold, to keep, to maintain" from PIE base *ten- "to stretch" (cf. Skt. tantram "loom," tanoti "stretches, lasts;" Pers. tar "string;" Lith. tankus "compact," i.e.
"tightened;" Gk. teinein "to stretch," tasis "a stretching, tension," tenos "sinew," tetanos "stiff, rigid," tonos "string," hence "sound, pitch;" L. tendere "to stretch," tenuis "thin, rare, fine;" O.C.S. tento "cord;" O.E. thynne "thin"). Connection notion between "stretch" and "hold" is "to cause to maintain." The modern sense is probably because tenet was used in M.L. to introduce a statement of doctrine.
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Example sentences
Suppose a tree falls in the forest, and takes crashing down with it one of the
  tenets of ecology.
Its existence has long been known, primarily because of surviving
  anti-heretical works that denounce its tenets.
The realization seemed to defy one of the central tenets of a successful raft
The river pollution has challenged some of the basic tenets of aboriginal life.
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