What does tenure mean?

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).

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. retune

  2. run tee

  3. tureen

  4. neuter

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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. Bob Iger:

    It's going to be the most important product our company has launched in a long time, certainly in my tenure.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    An employee who does smart/hard work gets merely the praise and that too rarely, but those who hardly work get mostly the salary raise and quite regularly. One who plays office-politics usually stays for a longer tenure at higher position & unduly gains maximum benefits & profits frequently .That's the picture of the work-culture of the private sector.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    The longer the service tenure of an employee in a single private organization, the bigger the duffer that person is most likely to be.

  4. Glaser Weil:

    At no point in his tenure was there any mention by his superiors or human resources of any misconduct or an inability to adhere to professional conduct, any slanderous accusations to the contrary will be vigorously defended.

  5. Charles Franklin:

    If you listed all of the things that have passed during Walker's tenure it's a long and impressive list, the big and bold thing was Act 10 (labor measures from 2011), but to me all of the small ball things matter.

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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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