The definition of a tenement is a run-down or dilapidated apartment building.
An apartment building that has boarded up windows, leaky plumbing and barely-working heating is an example of a tenement.
- Law land, buildings, offices, franchises, etc. held of another by tenure
- a dwelling house
- a room or set of rooms tenanted as a separate dwelling; apartment; flat
- tenement house
- Old Poet. a dwelling place; abode
Origin of tenementMiddle English from OFr, a holding from Medieval Latin tenementum from Classical Latin tenere, to hold: see tenant
- A building for human habitation, especially one that is rented to tenants.
- A rundown, low-rental apartment building whose facilities and maintenance barely meet minimum standards.
- Chiefly British An apartment or room leased to a tenant.
- Law A property of a permanent nature that is possessed or owned, such as land or a building, along with the rights associated with such possession or ownership.
Origin of tenementMiddle English house from Old French from Medieval Latin tenēmentum from Latin tenēre to hold ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
tenement - Legal Definition
- Any building, structure, or house attached to the land.
- Any property held by freehold.
- A building used as a residence. See also tenement house.
Property that carries with it the right to use part of an adjoining property.servient tenement
Property that contains features used by occupier of adjoining property, as with an easement.