Tenant in common
Tenant Ten"ant, n. [F. tenant, p. pr. of tenir to hold. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Lieutenant}.] 1. (Law) One who holds or possesses lands, or other real estate, by any kind of right, whether in fee simple, in common, in severalty, for life, for years, or at will; also, one who has the occupation or temporary possession of lands or tenements the title of which is in another; -- correlative to landlord. See Citation from --Blackstone, under {Tenement}, 2. --Blount. Wharton. [1913 Webster]

2. One who has possession of any place; a dweller; an occupant. ``Sweet tenants of this grove.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

The hhappy tenant of your shade. --Cowley. [1913 Webster]

The sister tenants of the middle deep. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

{Tenant in capite} [L. in in + capite, abl. of caput head, chief.], or {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.

{Tenant in common}. See under {Common}. [1913 Webster]


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  • tenant in common — tenant in common: any of the parties holding a piece of property as a tenancy in common Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • tenant in common — noun someone who holds property in common with another person or persons so that each has quantum of interest in the whole property; on death, this quantum of interest passes to an heir or devisee who then becomes a tenant in common with the… …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Tenant in capite — Tenant Ten ant, n. [F. tenant, p. pr. of tenir to hold. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Lieutenant}.] 1. (Law) One who holds or possesses lands, or other real estate, by any kind of right, whether in fee simple, in common, in severalty, for life, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tenant in chief — Tenant Ten ant, n. [F. tenant, p. pr. of tenir to hold. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Lieutenant}.] 1. (Law) One who holds or possesses lands, or other real estate, by any kind of right, whether in fee simple, in common, in severalty, for life, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In common — Common Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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