Tenant or Tenet

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Tenant or Tenet :

These two words come from the same Latin root, tenere, meaning “to hold” but they have very different meanings.

“Tenet” is the rarer of the two, meaning a belief that a person holds:

“Avoiding pork is a tenet of the Muslim faith.”

In contrast, the person leasing an apartment from you is your tenant.

(She holds the lease.)

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