from The Century Dictionary.

  • Holding; specifically, in zoology, used to hold, cling, or support; as, tenent hairs and bristles on the feet of insects.
  • noun In heraldry, same as tenant, 3.
  • noun Same as tenet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A tenet.

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  • noun obsolete A tenet.


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From Latin tenent ("they hold").


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  • As used on my list, "Why Can't People Pronounce These Properly?": NOT a misspelling of tenant, but a mispronunciation of "tenet." This week alone, I heard this particular mispronunciation three times by native English speakers on major media outlets.

    February 23, 2007