| source : web1913 | Tenet \Ten"et\, n. [L. tenet he holds, fr. tenere to hold. See {Tenable}.] Any opinion, principle, dogma, belief, or doctrine, which a person holds or maintains as true; as, the tenets of Plato or of Cicero. That al animals of the land are in their kind in the sea, . . . is a tenet very questionable. --Sir T. Browne. The religious tenets of his family he had early renounced with contempt. --Macaulay. Syn: Dogma; doctrine; opinion; principle; position. See {Dogma}. | source : wn | tenet n : a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof [syn: {belief}, {dogma}]