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tenure

[ten-yer]
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noun
  1. the holding or possessing of anything: the tenure of an office.
  2. the holding of property, especially real property, of a superior in return for services to be rendered.
  3. the period or term of holding something.
  4. status granted to an employee, usually after a probationary period, indicating that the position or employment is permanent.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to give tenure to: After she served three years on probation, the committee tenured her.
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Origin of tenure

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French teneure < Vulgar Latin *tenitura, equivalent to *tenit(us) held (for Latin tentus, past participle of tenēre) + -ura -ure
Related formsten·u·ri·al [ten-yoo r-ee-uh l] /tɛnˈyʊər i əl/, adjectiveten·u·ri·al·ly, adverbnon·ten·u·ri·al, adjectivenon·ten·u·ri·al·ly, adverbun·der·ten·ure, noun
Can be confusedtender tenor tenure
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Examples from the Web for tenurial

Historical Examples

  • Personal, tenurial, justiciary threads are woven into a web that bewilders us.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • In Domesday Book the feudal or tenurial principle seems still struggling for recognition.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • The trait to which we allude we shall call (for want of a better term) the tenurial heterogeneity of the burgesses.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • But this tenurial heterogeneity seems to be an attribute of all or nearly all the very ancient boroughs, the county towns.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • That tenurial heterogeneity of which we have been speaking had another important effect.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland


British Dictionary definitions for tenurial

tenure

noun
  1. the possession or holding of an office or position
  2. the length of time an office, position, etc, lasts; term
  3. mainly US and Canadian the improved security status of a person after having been in the employ of the same company or institution for a specified period
  4. the right to permanent employment until retirement, esp for teachers, lecturers, etc
  5. property law
    1. the holding or occupying of property, esp realty, in return for services rendered, etc
    2. the duration of such holding or occupation
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Derived Formstenurial, adjectivetenurially, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tenitūra, ultimately from Latin tenēre to hold
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Word Origin and History for tenurial

tenure

n.

early 15c., "holding of a tenement," from Anglo-French and Old French tenure "a tenure, estate in land" (13c.), from Old French tenir "to hold," from Vulgar Latin *tenire, from Latin tenere "to hold" (see tenet). The sense of "condition or fact of holding a status, position, or occupation" is first attested 1590s. Meaning "guaranteed tenure of office" (usually at a university or school) is recorded from 1957.

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