Tenant or Tenet?
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between tenant and tenet?
Tenant is a person who rents land or property. For example:
- The tenants in the apartment above us are too noisy.
- Non-violence is the central tenet of their faith.
Tenant or Tenet?The words tenant and tenet sound similar, but their meanings are completely different.
TenantThe noun tenant describes a person who occupies land or property that is rented from a landlord. Though not as common, tenant can also be used as a verb. For example:
- My tenant never washes his hair. (Here, tenant is a noun.)
- We are only tenants, and shortly the great Landlord will give us notice that our lease has expired. (Joseph Jefferson)
- She tenants the land from a farmer. (Here, tenant is a verb.)
TenetThe noun tenet denotes an adopted belief, theme, or principle.
- Trust is the central tenet of our agreement.
- The phrase "Love your enemies" is not always an easy tenet to live by. (Lea Salonga)
- My views have evolved to support marriage equality. They do not require a religion to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom. (Tim Johnson)