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In the following sentence, I'm guessing "tenants" means "design goals" (based on the context):

One of the fundamental tenants of Log4j 2 is to use immutable objects whenever possible and to lock at the lowest granularity possible.

I'm not familiar with this usage of "tenants" (there's probably another meaning I'm unaware of) versus this meaning:

tenant [ˈtɛnənt]:

n.

  1. One that pays rent to use or occupy land, a building, or other property owned by another.
  2. A dweller in a place; an occupant.
  3. Law One who holds or possesses lands, tenements, or sometimes personal property by any kind of title.

I guessed that it was a typo, but searches for "tennant", "tenent", and "tennent" yielded no results. Can someone please provide the definition (and/or a link)?

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I find these misunderstandings humerus. I mean... :-) –  Warren P Mar 24 '13 at 23:10
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You're probably looking for tenet.

noun
a principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy

[ODO]

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Thank you. I filed a documentation bug. –  user8237 Mar 24 '13 at 19:41
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Makes you wish it was wikipedia, then you could just fix it. –  Warren P Mar 24 '13 at 23:12
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It's a reasonably common eggcorn: eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/300/tenant –  Kaz Dragon Mar 25 '13 at 9:55

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