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- (Law), said of a husband who becomes such in his wife's estate of inheritance by the birth of a child, but whose estate is not consummated till the death of the wife.
- (Law), one who holds an estate by joint tenancy.
noun a tenant whose legal right to retain possession of buildings or lands lasts as long as they (or some other person) live
noun a farmer who works land owned by someone else
Tenant in capite
- L. in in + capite, abl. of caput head, chief., ∨
Tenant in chief
- by the laws of England, one who holds immediately of the king. According to the feudal system, all lands in England are considered as held immediately or mediately of the king, who is styled lord paramount. Such tenants, however, are considered as having the fee of the lands and permanent possession. Blackstone.
- See Tenon saw, under Tenon.
- See Terre-tenant.
earth, land + tenant
, p.pr. of tenir
- (Law) One who has the actual possession of land; the occupant. Written also ter-tenant.
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