- Tenure is the act or length of time that something is held or the achieved status of having one's employment position become permanent.
- An example of tenure is holding a piece of property in your possession only until death as part of a real estate agreement.
- An example of tenure is a teacher being guaranteed a job at a school where she's taught for a predetermined amount of time.
- the act or right of holding property, an office, a position, etc.
- the length of time, or the conditions under which, something is held
- the status of holding one's position on a permanent basis, granted to teachers, civil service personnel, etc. on the fulfillment of specified requirements
Origin of tenureMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from tenir, to hold: see tenant
- 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.
- The status of holding one's position on a permanent basis without periodic contract renewals: a teacher granted tenure on a faculty.
Origin of tenureMiddle English, from Old French teneure, from tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present tenures, present participle tenuring, simple past and past participle tenured)
- To grant tenure, the status of having a permanent academic position, to (someone).
tenure - Legal Definition
- An ancient hierarchical system of land possession or holding in subordination to a superior.
- The status afforded teachers and professors, long considered a cornerstone of academic freedom of protection against dismissal without adequate cause.
- A general legal protection of a long-term relationship, such as employment.