tenurial


tenurial

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.

verb (used with object)

  1. to give tenure to: After she served three years on probation, the committee tenured her.

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

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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