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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)



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