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tenet

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Definition an important belief that is part of a larger framework of beliefs
  • Freedom of speech is a particularly American tenet.
tenet = principle belief
  • A central tenet of the religion is non-violence and respect of all forms of life.
  • tenet = principle belief
  • Never, never, never, on cross-examination ask a witness a question you don't already know the answer to, was a tenet I absorbed with my baby-food.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tenet = important belief
  • The week before he came, we'd had a famous theologian whose words sent the students scurrying to their rooms to hassle half the night. But Caleb was like a cool wind from the north... No great theological problems. No debatable tenets. He spoke simply of...
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • tenets = important beliefs that is part of a larger framework of beliefs
  • It was the cardinal tenet of their mode of reasoning to start with facts and to give names to the facts.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • For a writer of his peculiar philosophic tenets, at all events, the world itself, in truth, must seem irretrievably old or even decadent.
    Pater, Walter Horatio  --  The Guardian
  • This gentleman and Mr Thwackum scarce ever met without a disputation; for their tenets were indeed diametrically opposite to each other.
    Fielding, Henry  --  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • The problem with intelligent design theory is not that it is false but that it is not falsifiable: Not being susceptible to contradicting evidence, it is not a testable hypothesis. Hence it is not a scientific but a creedal tenet—a matter of faith, unsuited to a public school's curriculum.
    George F. Will
  • —morality might reproach me, according to the old routine, for disposing of my life without permission—or whatever its tenet may be.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot
  • Yet he could have breasted all these things in some way, if the central tenet of his heart had not been ravaged.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Great Universities proceeded in a Hegelian fashion and any school which could not accept a thesis contradicting its fundamental tenets was in a rut.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Between them, Scarlett and Rhett had outraged every tenet of this code.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Pollard knew that what he was asking his friend to do went against every tenet of reinsmanship.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • This had been a tenet of her beliefs since she was a child.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • "The secret hides within" was the core tenet of the mysteries, urging man kind to seek God not in the heavens above .... but rather within himself.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • But for the first time since he had met Leo, he rejoiced in his own tenets.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • If he's converted to some religion that is now claiming that organ donation is part of its tenets, we submit to this court that it's pure bunk.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Like every race, we adhere to a wide range of tenets, and, as a result, we often arrive at differing conclusions, even in identical situations.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Have we forgotten our founders and the basic tenets of their blueprint for the country?
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Pea had been faithful to his tenets, whereas he had not.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove

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