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tenure

[ten′yər]
Etymology: L, tenere, to hold
1 (in a university) a faculty appointment with few limits on the number of years it may be held.
2 a permanent appointment usually awarded to a person who has advanced to the rank of associate professor and who demonstrates scholarship, community service, and teaching excellence in a specific field of study.

tenure

Academia A status granted to a person with a 'terminal' degree–eg, doctor of medicine–MD or doctor of philosophy–PhD, after a trial period, which protects him/her from summary dismissal; tenured academicians are expected to assume major duties in research, teaching and, if applicable, Pt care fostering, through their activities, the academic 'agenda' of their respective departments or institutions. See Endowed chair, Lecturer, Professor. Cf Chair.

tenure

(tĕn′yĕr) [L. tenēre, to hold]
1. The holding of a property, place, or occupational assignment.
2. The specification that an employee (typically someone in an academic setting) may hold a position permanently unless he or she behaves with gross negligence.
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The four classifications of free tenure, or modes of holding are: knight's service, requiring the provision of military aid to the overlord; serjeanty, requiring mostly (although not solely) the performance of a variety of duties within the royal household; socage, requiring money payments, payments in kind, or agricultural service; and finally, of interest in the present context, frankalmoign.
5) Known as commutation, this new process allowed for the transformation of use rights to a property held under feudal tenure into franc alleu, a French equivalent to English free and common socage.
Moreover, if he held by military service or in socage, he could avoid payment of feudal incidents.