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Definition of tenure noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the period of time when someone holds an important job, especially a political one; the act of holding an important job his four-year tenure as President She knew that tenure of high political office was beyond her.
  2. 2the right to stay permanently in your job, especially as a teacher at a university It's still extremely difficult to get tenure.
  3. 3the legal right to live in a house or use a piece of land When you rent a house here, you don't have security of tenure.
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