[ ten-uh n-see ]
/ ˈtɛn ən si /

noun, plural ten·an·cies.

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

1570–80; ten(ant) + -ancy; compare Medieval Latin tenantia, variant of tenentia
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/ (ˈtɛnənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

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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