15th century, in the meaning defined above
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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