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An exact replica of a legal document in words and figures.

For example, the tenor of a check would be the exact amount payable, as indicated on its face.


noun cast, character, content, course, cut, drift, exemplum, feeling, form, gist, idea, import, manner, meaning, mode, mood, nature, purport, sense, sententia, significance, signification, spirit, stamp, subject matter, tendency, tone, trend, vein
See also: complexion, condition, connotation, content, context, degree, gist, import, magnitude, main point, meaning, mode, signification, spirit, state, substance, temperament


1 the exact words of a deed, as distinct from their effect.
2 an exact copy or transcript.
3 loosely, the meaning of a document. See also PROVING THE TENOR.

TENOR, pleading. This word, applied to an instrument in pleading, signifies an exact copy; it differs from purport. (q.v.) 2 Phil. Ev. 99; 2 Russ. on Cr. 365; 1, Chit. Cr. Law, 235; 1 Mass. 203; 1 East, R. 180, and the cases cited in the notes. In chancery practice, by tenor is understood a certified copy of records of other courts removed into chancery by certiorari. Gresl. Ev. 309.

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Although he may fancy himself one, Domingo is not really a Heldentenor, a male singer who combines volume with tonal brilliance and never breaks a sweat.
With few exceptions (South African heldentenor Johan Botha would be one), Pavarotti-sized tenors are an endangered species today.
Toward that end, Traxel pretended to fall ill shortly before a Die Zauberflote performance, and his official substitute, heldentenor Wolfgang Windgassen, contributed to the plot by insisting that he was too exhausted to undertake Tamino on such short notice but would sing the First Armored Man in place of young Wunderlich, who in turn would move into the role of Tamino.
He began to formulate the idea of a Heldentenor and other helden large-scale male and female voices as eminently suitable for the Germanic yolk, and set about casting their melodic lines into contrast with lighter unvolkish vocalisms assigned to the others, the outsiders.
Canadian heldentenor Lance Ryan is one of the few singers today capable of singing Apollo, and he did very well in the performance I saw on Nov.
Her knight in shining armour turned out to be a man in a Millets greatcoat but Peter Wedd still managed an other-worldly aura and although not a heldentenor his Grail narrative had a noble and heroic ring.
In 1993, Richard produced Training Tenor Voices, a book that provides not only good advice on how to sing, but valuable information about all of the various subdivisions of the tenor voice from tenorino to Heldentenor.
Meanwhile, the budding Heldentenor may be getting a little unconventional national exposure whenever Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts Edmonton Oilers games.
Jennifer Wilson was a commanding Senta, with a Wagnerian heft which will take her far, but her upper reaches were as strident as those of the Erik of Arnold Bezuyen, otherwise a very fine and valuable Heldentenor.