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

History and Etymology for 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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“Terre tenant.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/terre%20tenant. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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