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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ During his brief five-month tenure Schlesinger chopped more than two thousand employees from the payroll.
▪ After 11 months at Hilton, Bollenbach has had a similar kind of brief, high-impact tenure.
▪ It was only at the end of McKerrows long tenure in 1940 that the Review was taken over by the Oxford Press.
▪ At the end of March 1921 Baldwin's long tenure of the Financial Secretaryship came to an end.
▪ More important, the younger Pitt, during his long tenure of office, laid the foundations of the nineteenth-century Tory party.
▪ They suggest therefore that greater emphasis be given to housing tenure in evaluating relative deprivation.
▪ It is clear that housing tenure is associated with major differentials in patterns of marriage and childbearing.
▪ As expected, the association between social class and housing tenure is very strong.
▪ What is more surprising is that differentials by housing tenure are even more substantial.
▪ This strongly suggests that housing tenure is associated with more substantial and fundamental aspects than simply housing matters.
▪ Jackson and Robinson found local cultural reinforcement by the sub-group in hostels. 2 Structural problems of land tenure and credit finance.
▪ Forms of land tenure varied widely from one region to another in Piedmont.
▪ The court ruled that the teacher could be transferred despite her tenure status.
▪ First, a statute may require that the school board take affirmative action to elect a teacher to tenure status.
▪ A teacher can also lose tenure status by accepting a teaching position in another school district.
▪ However, she was not automatically entitled to tenure status.
▪ The court concluded that it would be inconsistent with these purposes for it to confer tenure status on a teacher.
▪ If a professor doesn't get tenure after ten years, he probably never will.
▪ Under Richardson's tenure as commander, the Navy grew dramatically.
▪ At a local scale, table 5.5 shows differences in tenure within Devon, an example of a predominantly rural county.
▪ No successor could hope for such an earth-moving tenure as that.
▪ The situation for teachers without tenure varies according to the circumstances surrounding the dismissal.
▪ The system of reversion could also be used, as we have seen, to establish something near to defacto hereditary tenure.
▪ They suggest therefore that greater emphasis be given to housing tenure in evaluating relative deprivation.
▪ When I got tenure at Hopkins, I was a promising researcher.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tenure \Ten"ure\, n. [F. tenure, OF. teneure, fr. F. tenir to hold. See Tenable.]

  1. The act or right of holding, as property, especially real estate.

    That the tenure of estates might rest on equity, the Indian title to lands was in all cases to be quieted.

  2. (Eng. Law) The manner of holding lands and tenements of a superior.

    Note: Tenure is inseparable from the idea of property in land, according to the theory of the English law; and this idea of tenure pervades, to a considerable extent, the law of real property in the United States, where the title to land is essentially allodial, and almost all lands are held in fee simple, not of a superior, but the whole right and title to the property being vested in the owner. Tenure, in general, then, is the particular manner of holding real estate, as by exclusive title or ownership, by fee simple, by fee tail, by courtesy, in dower, by copyhold, by lease, at will, etc.

  3. The consideration, condition, or service which the occupier of land gives to his lord or superior for the use of his land.

  4. Manner of holding, in general; as, in absolute governments, men hold their rights by a precarious tenure.

    All that seems thine own, Held by the tenure of his will alone.

    Tenure by fee alms. (Law) See Frankalmoigne.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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. Related: Tenured (1961).


n. 1 A status of possessing a thing or an office; an incumbency. 2 A period of time during which something is possessed. 3 A status of having a permanent post with enhanced job security within an academic institution. 4 A right to hold land under the feudal system. vb. (context transitive English) To grant tenure, the status of having a permanent academic position, to (someone).

  1. n. the term during which some position is held [syn: term of office, incumbency]

  2. the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands [syn: land tenure]

  3. v. give life-time employment to; "She was tenured after she published her book"

Tenure (film)

Tenure is a 2009 American comedy film written and directed by Mike Million and starring Luke Wilson, David Koechner and Gretchen Mol. The film was produced by Paul Schiff and released by Blowtorch Entertainment as their first original production.

After being screened at several film festivals and independent theaters, Tenure was first released on DVD exclusively at Blockbuster Video stores on February 19, 2010. A national release followed in April 2010.

Usage examples of "tenure".

During this precarious state of the supreme power, a difference would immediately be experienced between those portions of territory which were subjected to the feudal tenures, and those which were possessed by an allodial or free title.

He bestowed on his favorites the palaces which he had built in the several quarters of the city, assigned them lands and pensions for the support of their dignity, and alienated the demesnes of Pontus and Asia to grant hereditary estates by the easy tenure of maintaining a house in the capital.

In the law of real property, its rules of tenure and descents, its entails, its fines and recoveries, their vouchers and double vouchers, in the procedure of the Courts, the method of bringing writs and arrests, the nature of actions, the rules of pleading, the law of escapes and of contempt of court, in the principles of evidence, both technical and philosophical, in the distinction between the temporal and spiritual tribunals, in the law of attainder and forfeiture, in the requisites of a valid marriage, in the presumption of legitimacy, in the learning of the law of prerogative, in the inalienable character of the Crown, this mastership appears with surprising authority.

Nothing matters much to a squatter except pleuro, the scab, and a change of ministry, which would probably affect the tenure of his run.

Having regard to what I had said in the autumn of 1944, I had the feeling that we ought to ask the electors to approve by a referendum, or in some other way, this limited but reasonable prolongation of our tenure.

The cruder early notions of resettling the land by fostering peasant proprietorship, with habitable houses and security of tenure, were already under a cloud, since it was more than suspected that they would interfere unduly with the game laws and other soundly vested interests.

We will remember your inventiveness when we formally take your oath of allegiance to regrant you tenure of these lands.

Nor did the emperors refuse the property of lands, with a less servile tenure, to such of the barbarians as solicited the protection of Rome.

When he pulled out a chair for Leonora he noticed Osmond Kern, silver-haired and vaguely regal-looking in the manner of the tenured aristocrats of the academic world, sitting at a nearby table.

Most tenured researchers like him treat their grad students and post-docs as so much unpaid labor, to be rewarded with co-author status on a paper along with the other twenty members of the team.

The islanders acquiesced in the decision with stolid patience, but, undeterred by the consequent insecurity of tenure, settled as squatters in the unappropriated lands.

All very well for Crassus Orator, so entrenched he could be party to a party deliberately designed to defy the sumptuary edict of his own father, so secure in his tenure of Senate and a new tribunate of the plebs that he could afford even the luxury of pretending to be vulgar and underbred, accept the blatant favor currying of a mushroom like Quintus Granius the auctioneer.

Father Collins felt personally responsible for the generally unexalted state of things, as if it reflected on his tenure.

Without a request from Councillor Varn or the others to stay and renegotiate their tenure, Kirk would be obliged to conclude the mission as briefed, with a complete withdrawal from the 4725 Cancri system.

Not only was Bhutto an attractive, educated, pro-Western woman seeking to run a Muslim nation, her father, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, had suppressed a major tribal uprising in Baluchistan during his own tenure as prime minister.