- a holding, as of lands, by any kind of title; occupancy of land, a house, or the like, under a lease or on payment of rent; tenure.
- the period of a tenant's occupancy.
- occupancy or enjoyment of a position, post, situation, etc.: her tenancy as professor of history at the state university.
- Archaic. a piece of land held by a tenant; holding.
Origin of tenancy
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Examples from the Web for tenancy
A California family is struggling to evict their now-fired live-in nanny—and tenancy laws are on her side.When Mrs. Doubtfire Won’t Leave
June 28, 2014
Tenancy at a fixed rental is preferred, as less complicated and troublesome.The Roof of France
It was the last day of his tenancy of the clergy-house, and there was much to do at Soho.The Christian
If there were only a few more rooms like this, I 'd dispute the tenancy with you.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
How long it had been in Davis's tenancy is not certain, but he died in 1791.The Book-Hunter in London
The ground lost in no wise endangered the German tenancy of their line.
- the temporary possession or holding by a tenant of lands or property owned by another
- the period of holding or occupying such property
- the period of holding office, a position, etc
- property held or occupied by a tenant
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