tenancy

[ten-uhn-see]
noun, plural tenancies.
1.
a holding, as of lands, by any kind of title; occupancy of land, a house, or the like, under a lease or on payment of rent; tenure.
2.
the period of a tenant's occupancy.
3.
occupancy or enjoyment of a position, post, situation, etc.: her tenancy as professor of history at the state university.
4.
Archaic. a piece of land held by a tenant; holding.

Origin:
1570–80; ten(ant) + -ancy; compare Medieval Latin tenantia, variant of tenentia

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tenancy (ˈtɛnənsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  the temporary possession or holding by a tenant of lands or property owned by another
2.  the period of holding or occupying such property
3.  the period of holding office, a position, etc
4.  property held or occupied by a tenant

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It might honor only certain aspects of them-say, medical power of attorney, or inheritance and tenancy rights.
Two other funds offer, respectively, reparation for loss of tenancy rights and of property.
But when a foreclosure occurs, there are a number of ways it could impact a tenancy.
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