Definition of tenure
tenurableplay \-ə-bəl\ adjective
tenurialplay \te-ˈnyu̇r-ē-əl\ adjective
tenuriallyplay \-ə-lē\ adverb
Examples of tenure in a Sentence
… but there is also about it just the trace of the nettlesome righteousness that alienated much of Washington during his tenure there, the not-so-subtle suggestion that while he might be in politics, he is not of politics and certainly not, God_forbid, a politician. —Jim Wooten, New York Times Magazine, 29 Jan. 1995
Pittsburgh's offensive linemen, trap blockers during Noll's tenure, had to bulk up for the straight-ahead game. —Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated, 9 Nov. 1992
A mural on the upper half of a four-story guesthouse was painted in 1977 by twelve-year-old schoolchildren, whose tenure on the scaffold must have thrilled their parents. —John McPhee, New Yorker, 22 Feb. 1988
During his tenure as head coach, the team won the championship twice.
her 12-year tenure with the company
His tenure in office will end with the next election.
After seven years I was finally granted tenure.
He hopes to get tenure next year.
The defendant did not have tenure on the land.
land tenure in Anglo-Saxon Britain
Recent Examples of tenure from the Web
Hoburg is the first astronaut candidate to be plucked from the ranks of a tenure-track faculty position at a major research university.
UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton had viewed the new arts campus as a signature achievement of his tenure.
The committee held hearings during his tenure scrutinizing prominent NLRB actions in which the witnesses skewed toward business representatives and other skeptics.
During his tenure, former Louisville President James Ramsey concurrently was the president of the university, president of the foundation board and chairman of the U of L Athletics Association.
Steve Bannon told The Atlantic that historical tradition has changed because Spicer’s gained weight during his tenure.
During his tenure as President, the NAACP was on the ground early fighting for an indictment in Ferguson and for environmental justice in Flint.
Ken MacKenzie’s record at Australian packaging company Amcor during his tenure as CEO is impressive.
Sessions’ appearance before the intelligence committee is an indication of just how much the Russia investigation has shaded his tenure.
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TENURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tenure for English Language Learners
: the amount of time that a person holds a job, office, or title
: the right to keep a job (especially the job of being a professor at a college or university) for as long as you want to have it
law : the right to use property
Legal Definition of tenure
1 : the act, manner, duration, or right of holding something tenure of office; specifically : the manner of holding real property : the title and conditions by which property is held freehold tenure
2 : a status granted to a teacher usually after a probationary period that protects him or her from dismissal except for reasons of incompetence, gross misconduct, or financial necessity
tenurial\te-ˈnyu̇r-ē-əl\ play adjective
tenurially\-ə-lē\ play adverb
Origin and Etymology of tenure
Anglo-French, feudal holding, from Old French teneüre, from Medieval Latin tenitura, ultimately from Latin tenēre to hold
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