[ten-uh n-see]
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noun, plural ten·an·cies.
  1. 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.
  2. the period of a tenant's occupancy.
  3. occupancy or enjoyment of a position, post, situation, etc.: her tenancy as professor of history at the state university.
  4. 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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possession, holding, ownership, occupancy, occupation

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noun plural -cies
  1. the temporary possession or holding by a tenant of lands or property owned by another
  2. the period of holding or occupying such property
  3. the period of holding office, a position, etc
  4. property held or occupied by a tenant
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