Definition of "tenure" []

  • The act, fact, or condition of holding something in one's possession, as real estate or an office; occupation. (noun)
  • A period during which something is held. (noun)
  • The status of holding one's position on a permanent basis without periodic contract renewals: a teacher granted tenure on a faculty. (noun)
  • The possession or holding of an office or position (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The length of time an office, position, etc, lasts; term (noun)
  • The improved security status of a person after having been in the employ of the same company or institution for a specified period (noun)
  • The right to permanent employment until retirement, esp for teachers, lecturers, etc (noun)
  • The holding or occupying of property, esp realty, in return for services rendered, etc (noun)
  • The duration of such holding or occupation (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tenure" in a sentence
  • "But if, and I see this as a big if that is yet unestablished, Gonzales was denied tenure **because** of his pro-ID views, **and he was otherwise qualified for tenure** then that is a violation of the principles of academic freedom."
  • "According to Webster's Dictionary, the term tenure is defined as:"
  • "Other states like Connecticut, New York and Michigan have simply eliminated the word "tenure" from the Latin tenere, meaning to hold or keep from the books while retaining the due-process rights it embodies."