purtenance

noun
pur·​te·​nance | \ ˈpərt-nən(t)s How to pronounce purtenance (audio) , ˈpər-tᵊn-ən(t)s \

Definition of purtenance

First Known Use of purtenance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for purtenance

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

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“Purtenance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purtenance. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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