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a. The act, fact, manner, or condition of holding something in one's possession, as real estate or an office; occupation.
b. A period during which something is held.
2. The status of holding one's position on a permanent basis without periodic contract renewals: a teacher granted tenure on a faculty.
[Middle English, from Old French teneure, from tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]
ten·u′ri·al (-yo͝or′ē-əl) adj.
1. the possession or holding of an office or position
2. the length of time an office, position, etc, lasts; term
3. (Education) chiefly 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. (Education) the right to permanent employment until retirement, esp for teachers, lecturers, etc
5. (Law) property law
a. the holding or occupying of property, esp realty, in return for services rendered, etc
b. the duration of such holding or occupation
[C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tenitūra, ultimately from Latin tenēre to hold]
n., v. -ured, -ur•ing. n.
1. the holding or possessing of anything: the tenure of an office.
2. the holding of property, esp. 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 indicating that the position or employment is permanent.v.t.
5. to give tenure to.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French teneure < Vulgar Latin *tenitura=*tenit(us), for Latin tentus, past participle of tenēre to hold + -ura -ure]
ten•u′ri•al (-ˈyʊər i əl) adj.
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|Noun||1.||tenure - the term during which some position is held|
term - a limited period of time; "a prison term"; "he left school before the end of term"
presidency, presidential term, administration - the tenure of a president; "things were quiet during the Eisenhower administration"
episcopate - the term of office of a bishop
|2.||tenure - the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands|
legal right - a right based in law
copyhold - a medieval form of land tenure in England; a copyhold was a parcel of land granted to a peasant by the lord of the manor in return for agricultural services
freehold - tenure by which land is held in fee simple or for life
villeinage - tenure by which a villein held land
|Verb||1.||tenure - give life-time employment to; "She was tenured after she published her book"|