/tenyar/ Generally, tenure is a right, term, or mode of holding or occupying, and "tenure of an office" means the manner in which it is held, especially with regard to time. Winterberg v. University of Nevada System, 89 Nev. 358, 513 P.2d 1248, 1250.
Status afforded to teacher or professor upon completion of trial period, thus protecting him or her from summary dismissal without sufficient cause or economic reasons. A faculty appointment for an indefinite period of time. University Educ. Ass'n. v. Regents of University of Minnesota, Minn., 353 N.W.2d 534, 540.
Tenure denotes relinquishment of the employer's unfettered power to terminate the employee's services. Zumwalt v. Trustees of California State Colleges, 31 Cal.App.3d 611, 107 Cal.Rptr. 573, 579
Term of office
Duration of holding public or private office. The tenure of federal judges is during life and good behavior. The tenure of merit system employees is during satisfactory performance of duties until a fixed age of retirement unless the position is discontinued.
@ area tenure
Term descriptive of tenure at certain grade levels and for certain specified subjects. Baer v. Nyquist, 40 A.D.2d 925, 338 N.Y.S.2d 257, 259.
Feudal law.
The mode or system of holding lands or tenements in subordination to some superior which, in feudal ages, was the leading characteristic of real property. Gibbs v. Titelman, D.C.Pa., 369 F.Supp. 38, 49. Tenure is the direct result of feudalism, which separated the dominium directum (the dominion of the soil), which is placed mediately or immediately in the crown, from the dominion utile (the possessory title), the right to the use and profits in the soil, designated by the term "seisin," which is the highest interest a subject can acquire. Kavanaugh v. Cohoes Power & Light Corporation, 114 Misc. 590, 187 N.Y.S. 216, 231. Wharton gives the following list of tenures which were ultimately developed:
Lay Tenures
I. Frank tenement, or freehold.
(1) The military tenures (abolished, except grand serjeanty, and reduced to free socage tenures) were: Knight service proper, or tenure in chivalry; grand serjeanty; cornage.
(2) Free socage, or plow-service; either petit serjeanty, tenure in burgage, or gavelkind.
II. Villeinage.
(1) Pure villeinage (whence copyholds at the lord's [nominal] will, which is regulated according to custom).
(2) Privileged villeinage, sometimes called "villein socage" (whence tenure in ancient demesne, which is an exalted species of copyhold, held according to custom, and not according to the lord's will), and is of three kinds:
Tenure in ancient demesne; privileged copyholds, customary freeholds, or free copyholds; copyholds of base tenure.
Spiritual Tenures
I. Frankalmoigne, or free alms.
II. Tenure by divine service.
Tenure by divine service.
Exists where an ecclesiastical corporation, sole or aggregate, holds land by a certain divine service; as, to say prayers on a certain day in every year, "or to distribute in almes to an hundred poore men an hundred pence at such a day."
Tenured faculty.
Those members of a school's teaching staff who hold their position for life or until retirement. They may not be discharged except for cause

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