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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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The Tenor bell at Liverpool weighs 82 hundredweight - just over four tons - with Exeter's weighing half a ton less.
The tenor bell at Westminster Abbey will toll every minute for 101 minutes.
Tenor bell at Westminster Abbey tolls every minute for 101 minutes.
And in London, Westminster Abbey's tenor bell tolled for 101 minutes, once for each year of the Queen Mother's life.
49 Tenor bell of Westminster Abbey begins to toll once every minute until 11.
Before the service the Abbey's Tenor bell will be tolled every minute for 101 minutes, echoing the years of the Queen Mother's life.
Churchwarden and bell tower captain John Williams inspects Mold parish church's new tenor bell with the Rev Ian Day Picture: SIMON WARBURTON
The funeral service was preceded by 101 chimes from the Tenor bell, one per minute, for each year of her life.
As they waited, the poignant sound of Westminster Abbey's Tenor Bell tolled every minute, once for each year of the Queen Mother's life.