tenure

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tenure

A time period,as in the tenure of a lease.

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The manner in which the patentees held the land was more significant: under both patents their tenure would be "in free and Common Soccage and by fealty only" (112) Under socage tenure, a tenant held the lands by virtue of services to the lord.
When Australia eventually inherited English feudal tenure, the only form of tenure it acquired was, therefore, free and common socage.
In its entirety, the passage reads: "of a testamentary guardian, if the infant be heir to any property holden in socage tenure, and under fourteen, he shall have guardian in so cage, his nearest kin, to whom the land cannot descend.