purtenance

noun pur·te·nance \ ˈpərt-nən(t)s , ˈpər-tᵊn-ən(t)s \

Definition of purtenance

Origin and Etymology of purtenance

Middle English portenaunce, literally, appurtenance, from Anglo-French partenance, from partenir to belong — more at pertain


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