1 the possession or holding of an office or position
2 the length of time an office, position, etc., lasts; term
3 (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian) the improved security status of a person after having been in the employ of the same company or institution for a specified period
4 the right to permanent employment until retirement, esp. for teachers, lecturers, etc.
a the holding or occupying of property, esp. realty, in return for services rendered, etc.
b the duration of such holding or occupation (C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tenitura, ultimately from Latin tenere to hold)
security of tenure
n (in Britain) the right of a tenant to continue to occupy a dwelling or site unless the landlord obtains a court order for possession of the property or termination of the tenancy agreement
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