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terre tenant

noun \ ˈter-, ˈtər- \

legal Definition of terre tenant

:one in actual possession of land; specifically :one who purchases land after a lien of mortgage or judgment has attached used chiefly in the law of Pennsylvania

Origin and Etymology of terre tenant

Anglo-French terre tenaunt freeholder, from Old French terre land + tenant holding, from present participle of tenir to hold


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