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Definitions for tenure
ˈtɛn yərten·ure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tenure, term of office, incumbencynoun

    the term during which some position is held

  2. tenure, land tenureverb

    the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands

  3. tenureverb

    give life-time employment to

    "She was tenured after she published her book"


  1. tenurenoun

    A status of possessing a thing or an office; an incumbency.

  2. tenurenoun

    A period of time during which it is possessed.

  3. tenurenoun

    A status of having a permanent post with enhanced job security within an academic institution.

  4. tenurenoun

    A right to hold land under the feudal system.

  5. tenureverb

    To grant tenure, the status of having a permanent academic position, to (someone).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tenurenoun

    Tenure is the manner whereby tenements are holden of their lords. In Scotland are four tenures; the first is pura eleemosina, which is proper to spiritual men, paying nothing for it, but devota animarum suffragia; the second they call feu, which holds of the king, church, barons, or others, paying a certain duty called feudi firma; the third is a holding in blanch by payment of a penny, rose, pair of gilt spurs, or some such thing, if asked; the fourth is by service of ward and relief, where the heir being minor is in the custody of his lord, together with his lands, &c. and land holden in this fourth manner is called feudum de hauberk or haubert, feudum militare or loricatum. Tenure in gross is the tenure in capite; for the crown is called a seignory in gross, because a corporation of and by itself. John Cowell

    Etymology: teneo, Lat. tenure, Fr. tenura, law Latin.

    The service follows the tenure of lands; and the lands were given away by the kings of England to those lords. Edmund Spenser.

    The uncertainty of tenure, by which all worldly things are held, ministers very unpleasant meditation. Walter Raleigh.

    Man must be known, his strength, his state,
    And by that tenure he holds all of fate. Dryden.


  1. tenure

    Tenure is a category of academic appointment existing in some countries. A tenured post is an indefinite academic appointment that can be terminated only for cause or under extraordinary circumstances, such as financial exigency or program discontinuation. Tenure is a means of defending the principle of academic freedom, which holds that it is beneficial for society in the long run if scholars are free to hold and examine a variety of views.


  1. tenure

    Tenure generally refers to the permanent employment status or contract security granted to an individual, usually an employee or faculty member in an educational institution, after a designated period of satisfactory service. It provides job security and includes certain rights and protections that may not be available to employees without tenure. Tenure is typically granted through a formal review process based on criteria such as performance, contribution to the organization, and adherence to specific standards and expectations. Once granted, tenure ensures that the individual cannot be terminated without just cause and provides them with greater academic freedom and independence in their work.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tenurenoun

    the act or right of holding, as property, especially real estate

  2. Tenurenoun

    the manner of holding lands and tenements of a superior

  3. Tenurenoun

    the consideration, condition, or service which the occupier of land gives to his lord or superior for the use of his land

  4. Tenurenoun

    manner of holding, in general; as, in absolute governments, men hold their rights by a precarious tenure


  1. Tenure

    Tenure commonly refers to life tenure in a job and specifically to a senior academic's contractual right not to have his or her position terminated without just cause.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tenure

    ten′ūr, n. a general name for the conditions on which land is held by the persons who occupy and use it. [Fr. tenure—Low L. tenura—L. tenēre, to hold.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tenure

    The right created in legislation to have land or property.

    There are various types of tenure e.g. freehold and leasehold.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

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  1. tureen

  2. neuter

  3. retune

  4. run tee

  5. runtee

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenure in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of tenure in a Sentence

  1. Brian Benczkowski:

    I would be recused from any matter involving Alfa Bank for the first two years of my tenure in the department if I'm fortunate enough to be confirmed, with respect to this particular matter, this investigation that we conducted for Alfa Bank, if the subject matter of that investigation in some way comes before me in the criminal division at any point in my tenure I want to be clear, I will recuse from that completely.

  2. William Barr:

    I have known Bob Mueller for 30 years, we worked closely together throughout my previous tenure at the Department of Justice under President George H.W. Bush. We've been friends since. And I have the utmost respect for Bob Mueller and Bob Mueller distinguished record of public service. And when Bob Mueller was named special counsel, I said Bob Mueller selection was' good news' and that, knowing Bob Mueller, I had confidence Bob Mueller would handle the matter properly. And I still have that confidence today.

  3. John Cornyn:

    Judge Kavanaugh is an exceptionally qualified jurist who will be a fair and impartial arbiter of the law and will not legislate from the bench, throughout his tenure, Judge Kavanaugh has served with a high moral standard and demonstrated a clear commitment to faithfully interpreting the Constitution.

  4. Cassidy Hutchinson:

    I did not take it as sarcasm, throughout my tenure working for the chief of staff, he would frequently bring in memos and PowerPoints on various policy proposals that – he would then expand on, you know, ‘Q is saying this.’.

  5. Charles Krauthammer:

    Wars end when either one side is defeated or the other side stops. The other side is not stopping, under Obama's tenure, Al Qaeda, which is sort of international terrorism, jihadist terrorism, has expanded to a point where a branch, ISIS is essentially a branch, is the largest training camp of terrorism in the history of the world.

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Translations for tenure

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  • الحيازةArabic
  • Besitzanspruch, Besitz, Besitztitel, Amtszeit, Innehaben, BekleidungGerman
  • θητεία, κατοχή, δικαίωμα γαιοκτησίας, μονιμότηταGreek
  • antigüedad, tenenciaSpanish
  • منصوب شدنPersian
  • virassaoloaika, virkakausi, hallintaoikeus, virassapysymisoikeus, hallussapitoFinnish
  • tenureFrench
  • gestioneItalian
  • 保有, 終身, 保有期間, 世襲Japanese
  • vastbenoemd zijn, een vaste benoeming hebbenDutch
  • kadencjaPolish
  • durata posesiei, durată de mandat, drept de posesie, ocupare, posesie, termen de stăpânireRomanian
  • владениеRussian
  • mandatSerbo-Croatian
  • పదవీ కాలంTelugu
  • 任期Chinese

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