from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An opinion, doctrine, or principle held as being true by a person or especially by an organization. See Synonyms at doctrine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An opinion, belief, or principle held to be true by someone or especially an organization.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any opinion, principle, dogma, belief, or doctrine, which a person holds or maintains as true.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any opinion, principle, dogma, or doctrine which a person, school, or sect holds or maintains as true.
- n. Synonyms Precept. Dogma, etc. See doctrine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof
Probably from Medieval Latin, from Latin, third person sing. present indicative of tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin tenet ("he holds"), from teneō ("hold; have") (Wiktionary)