Meaning of tenure in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɛnjə/

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mass noun
  • 1The conditions under which land or buildings are held or occupied.

    ‘But without exception, these big operations use leased land, with tenures typically of two to five years.’
    • ‘The stability of the system is indicated by the fact that long-term leases for a life or for several lives were common, and that these long-term grants tended to turn into hereditary tenures.’
    • ‘Much of the country was still held in multiple tenures - infield and outfield, with the remainder still held as ‘commonties’ by the local community.’
    • ‘‘Tenants often complain about breaches in contracts where some landlords demand money before the end of their tenures,’ Mr Seketa observed.’
    • ‘Charles McCurdy has written a fascinating account of the ‘Anti-Rent’ movement that formed in New York in 1839 in opposition to these manorial tenures.’
    • ‘It was the least encumbered of all the tenures with obsolete and burdensome features, reminiscent of an older day, when land-holding involved public rights and duties as well as private rights of ownership.’
    • ‘Partible inheritance was, for example, a distinct feature of Kentish gavelkind tenures, which were classified as free, and also survived amongst customary tenants in parts of northern and eastern England.’
    • ‘Yet on this view also the records give no help: none of the rebellions began in an area known to suffer from land tenure conditions worse than average.’
    • ‘It motivated the expulsion; it financed the colonization; it secured the property rights by which peasants came to hold land in fee-simple tenure.’
    • ‘In urban areas, however, the choice of space is limited because of the restricted availability of houses and the nature of freehold land tenure.’
    • ‘Three types of land tenure occur: regular landed property; hereditary tenure or long lease; and the renting of government grounds.’
    • ‘Even in countries like Australia, which haven't witnessed recent dramatic upheaval, there is still scope for confusion around land tenure, albeit on a much smaller scale.’
    • ‘Both parties also came to share an interest in maintaining reserved areas with inalienable or communal land tenure where Africans would be free from the threat of further dispossession.’
    • ‘Most importantly perhaps the philosophy of land tenure and inheritance was quite different.’
    • ‘Insecure land tenure is a common problem faced by African pastoralists and by indigenous peoples more globally.’
    • ‘Generally, they are marginal and powerless people, often with no security of land tenure and inhabiting mainly the upland areas.’
    • ‘The contemporary system of land ownership and tenure resulted from French efforts to introduce a system of individual land ownership.’
    • ‘Conditions in Tanzania were further complicated by a system of laws that redefined land tenure and property relations based on socialism.’
    • ‘The second great universal issue was the land: ownership, tenure, the dues to be paid for its use, and the power derived from its possession.’
    • ‘The latter entails redefining land tenure and redistribution of land.’
    tenancy, occupancy, holding, occupation, residence
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  • 2The holding of an office.

    ‘his tenure of the premiership would be threatened’
    • ‘During his tenure, the university experienced its most expansive period of growth.’
    • ‘During his tenure at Oxford University, he belonged to a group called the inklings, which also included the author C.S. Lewis.’
    • ‘During the president's tenure in office, he's built an impressive record.’
    • ‘We may not finish the job during my tenure in office; but we must, so we will, stay the course and make good progress.’
    • ‘Bocsh's Jimmy Carter will probably not alter the way we look at the 39th president's tenure in office, but it is a well-crafted bio.’
    • ‘It's an improvement over the last time a president announced that he would end his tenure with the university.’
    • ‘Staff members of the current office also worked under the office during Megawati's tenure.’
    • ‘And then later, during his tenure in office, Prime Minister Rabin did freeze settlements.’
    • ‘The pope's privilege of choosing a name for his tenure in office ought to be exercised more strategically than has been done during the past few centuries.’
    • ‘But my question would be this: If I'm not mistaken most of Frost's tenure in office was under the Democratic majority.’
    • ‘By the end of his long tenure, the office had established itself as one of the most important in the realm.’
    • ‘Ronald Granger has not made any changes to the office during his tenure here, except for a picture of Frances and his children.’
    • ‘Cleverdon had the longest tenure of office as pastor of First Baptist Church in Savannah - nineteen years.’
    • ‘And if she runs, the controversies of her past and the scars of her husband's Oval Office tenure would be fully revisited.’
    • ‘During his five-year tenure, the office developed initiatives totaling more than $90 million.’
    • ‘He promised that transparency and accountability would form foundation of his executive's tenure in office and success on the field of play.’
    • ‘Harris' tenure as Ontario Premier has seen many successes, but has not been without controversy.’
    • ‘A successful bid would make Hashimoto only the second postwar premier to return to office after a break in his tenure.’
    • ‘The issue of land settlement dominated the entire tenure of his office.’
    • ‘Their tenure of office was uncertain and insecure.’
    incumbency, term of office, term, period in office, period of office, time, time in office
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    1. 2.1count noun A period for which an office is held.
      ‘To make matters worse, most cabinet officials have rather short tenures in office.’
      • ‘These single teachers taught an average of 12 years, raising the average tenure of teachers.’
      • ‘Humphries, at the request of the board, has already extended his tenure at the university at least twice this year.’
      • ‘I think we've got in Australia casuals where their average tenure in their current employment is 2.6 years.’
      • ‘There would be eight semi - permanent seats with tenure of four years that could then be renewed for another four - year term but no longer.’
      • ‘In my view, at least some tribunal members need a long and secure tenure in office if for no other reason than to safeguard the robust administration of the FOI law.’
      • ‘Reaching five times the median tenure in office may be the result of unusual circumstances more than gifted leadership.’
      • ‘The lawmakers elected for the Seventh Legislature will enter office in 2008, and the lawmakers' tenures beginning with the Seventh Legislature would be lengthened from three to four years.’
      • ‘On the other hand, opponents argue that the two four-year tenures are long enough to drive the nation into a dire situation by the president's mismanagement of state affairs, obsessed with his or her party's interests.’
      • ‘Short tenures of senior secretaries, Ms. Gouri lamented, has had its own effect in the functioning of her department.’
      • ‘The tenures range between six and 24 months and approval may be given in 48 hours.’
      • ‘Mathewson politely suggested that long tenures were not necessarily synonymous with a lack of independence.’
      • ‘He does not feel that the precedence of the short tenures as an MP would discourage the voters.’
      • ‘With bank time deposits, you can opt for renewable tenures of one week to one year.’
      • ‘And 17% of directors have tenures of 15 years or more.’
      • ‘One of the shortest managerial tenures ever (barring so-called ‘interim’ appointments) came just last year, covering only four days.’
      • ‘In an eleven-member ensemble, he can boast of dancers with two- and three-decade tenures.’
      • ‘Until past mid-century, pastors of this congregation usually had brief tenures and some reflected the youthful immaturity and arrogance of W. B. Johnson.’
      • ‘Both Wiegmann and Meinert have had long tenures with the German national team - 12 and 10 years, respectively.’
      • ‘Owners hold engineering tenures for at least 15 years before they are invited to sit on the board, a limit that pressures them to bring in new business.’
  • 3Guaranteed permanent employment, especially as a teacher or lecturer, after a probationary period; security of tenure.

    ‘tenure for university staff has been abolished’
    • ‘University teachers have lost tenure and the quality of their teaching and research is regularly assessed by independent bodies.’
    • ‘He was promoted to the rank of associate professor and granted tenure.’
    • ‘Compare, for example, the probationary period endured by an assistant professor before gaining tenure with that of an assembly line worker in the automotive sector.’
    • ‘Reportedly, he was one of the first African-Americans without a college degree to get tenure at a major university.’
    • ‘And people have been denied admission to the university, or denied tenure, or didn't get their degrees, all due to their sex since then?’
    • ‘They see limited chances to further their academic career, and so drift frequently between different universities without gaining tenure.’
    • ‘Instead of tenure, the university offered a one-year extension on his contract that is now in its last months.’
    • ‘Many universities are now reconsidering tenure, at least in part because of the federal ban on mandatory retirement.’
    • ‘So much of what you read and hear in the States is born out of a need for academics to be published in order to keep their tenure at universities.’
    • ‘His failure to attain tenure at a major university was the result of his unconventional ideas.’
    • ‘Do I become a faculty member in a University, get a tenure, become an Associate Professor and then a Full Professor, publish useless articles, and die?’
    • ‘In most disciplines at large research universities, tenure is directly related to the number of peer-reviewed books and articles one publishes.’
    • ‘There isn't a way it would be possible for any person to be ‘banned from getting tenure at any Canadian university.’’
    • ‘East Texas Baptist University currently does not have a system of academic tenure.’
    • ‘Because he's a lowly adjunct professor who can't even dream of a full professorship let alone tenure, he discovers that neither side will have him.’
    • ‘The unions are spending a boatload of money to protect their paycheck deduction for dues and to fight against extending the time to get teacher tenure.’
    • ‘Another would raise eligibility for teacher tenure to five years from the current two, making it easier to fire poor performers.’
    • ‘Our current criteria for awarding tenure encourage teachers to devote most of their energy to research.’
    • ‘The chair or department head should not have tenure in office; tenure as a faculty member is a matter of separate right.’
    • ‘She gained tenure in 2001 and became a full professor in 2006.’


[with object]
  • Give (someone) a permanent post, especially as a teacher or lecturer.

    ‘I had recently been tenured and then promoted to full professor’
    • ‘And we question the justness of tenuring him, certainly of the size of his salary and administrative reach.’
    • ‘If her take on hiring practices is right, Emory isn't going to be tenuring anyone in this area of interest anytime soon.’
    • ‘Buchanan was driven out in part by not tenuring his junior colleagues.’
    • ‘Thus tenuring Professor Arnold would have increased the number of tenured faculty, not changed the student-faculty ratio.’
    • ‘He was tenured in 1970 and promoted to full professor in 1974.’
    • ‘To assume that a faculty member was denied tenure because of race or gender is as irresponsible as assuming that he or she was tenured on the basis of skin color rather than achievement.’
    • ‘The question is, did they know about his views before they tenured him?’
    • ‘What if a lecturer could be tenured as a lecturer, according to a set of criteria that pertained specifically to that work?’
    • ‘The program at Texas, for example, is not yet a Department, hut since it already does its own hiring and tenuring, as soon as that group has a strong major in place, full departmental status seems the next likely step.’
    • ‘At 35, Professor Woodstock was tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor at a large research university.’
    • ‘Fortunately, it came out okay, I was promoted and tenured the next year and nothing was ever said about this incident again.’
    • ‘My college tenured several professors who instilled in students a sharp guilt about reading newspapers.’


    security of tenure
    • 1The right of a tenant of property to occupy it after the lease expires (unless a court should order otherwise).

      ‘It was thereby asserted that the tenant was entitled to security of tenure and a new lease pursuant to the Act.’
      • ‘Although we are now familiar with the notion that an assured shorthold tenancy gives the tenant a very limited security of tenure, that would not have been the case in 1988.'’
      • ‘You have security of tenure as an Assured Tenant so long as you occupy the Premises as your only or principal home.’
      • ‘As we have already indicated, one of the most important consequences of the distinction relates to the provisions for tenants' security of tenure under the Rent Acts, which do not apply to licensees.’
      • ‘A series of statutes, beginning in 1915, sought to address this problem, by controlling the rents which could be charged and affording security of tenure to tenants.’
      • ‘In the 1960s, security of tenure for residential tenants and control of rents were reimposed under the Rent Act 1965.’
      • ‘I think that this was to give security of tenure to business tenants so far as that was thought to be reasonably practicable.’
      • ‘They will give increased security of tenure for the tenants of agricultural holdings.’
      • ‘The orders can be sought from county courts to deprive tenants of their security of tenure and right to buy their council homes.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, these evictions of tenants violated the custom of Irish tenant-right, according to which the tenant had security of tenure and could buy and sell an occupancy as though it were his own property.’
    • 2Guaranteed permanent employment, especially as a teacher or lecturer, after a probationary period.

      • ‘these public servants are given security of tenure by the constitution’


Late Middle English from Old French, from tenir ‘to hold’, from Latin tenere.