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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.

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. 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.

  2. Malaysia Airlines on Monday:

    Overall, the new catering agreements provide for a strict service level agreement and key performance indicators to be adhered to, considerably improved pricing, non-exclusivity and a shortened tenure, compared with the previous catering agreement.

  3. Britton Banowsky:

    Syverud said in a statement. RECRUITING HIT : The NCAA penalties included the reduction of three men's basketball scholarships a year for four years and recruiting restrictions will be enforced for two years. Jim Boeheim has what is regarded as the best recruiting class in Jim Boeheim long tenure coming in the fall. In its decision, The NCAA indicated that Syracuse can delay the scholarship reductions by one year in the case of any student-athletes that have a financial agreement with the university. Syracuse loses only Rakeem Christmas from this year's team and is at the 13-scholarship limit for 2015-16. MIDDLING MAN : The NCAA said several violations involved students and staff. The report added that academic violations stemmed from the director of basketball operations, who was hand-picked by Jim Boeheim to address academic matters and ended up violating academic integrity.'' The rule's pretty clear, the head coach has a duty to monitor activities in his program. Jim Boeheim did dispute that Jim Boeheim should be held accountable. There was controversy over that. It( the charge) was not effectively rebutted at all.

  4. Stetson Clark:

    Because of his extreme views, I ask that a full review of Mr. Whitfield's tenure in Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District be examined and that his contract be terminated effective immediately.

  5. Mike Espy:

    I just learned of the pending resignation of Sen. Cochran – a person I admire and respect, and who has done so much for Mississippi over his tenure, however, now that he has announced his pending resignation, I would like to declare my strong intention to run for the United States Senate (for the Cochran seat).

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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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