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TENSE. A term used in, grammar to denote the distinction of time.
     2. The acts of a court of justice ought to be in the present tense; as, "praeceptum est," not "preaceptum fuit;" but the acts of, the party may be in the preterperfect tense, as "venit, et protulit hic in curia quandum querelam suam;" and the continuances are in the preterperfect tense; as, "venerunt," not "veniunt." 1 Mod. 81.
     3. The contract of marriage should be made in language in the present tense. 6 Binn. Rep. 405. Vide 1 Saund. 393, n. 1.

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All directors should agree in advance to be willing to courteously meet each other half way in even the tensest situations.
Global stock markets fell on news of the worsening crisis, which has prompted the United States and European Union to impose sanctions on Moscow and led both Russia and NATO to step up military exercises, creating the tensest East-West standoff since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
After the fifth goal was scored in the 30th minute, we were subjected to the tensest quarter of an hour ever.
The most strategic point of one of the tensest borders in a turbulent region might seem an unlikely place to relax and unwind, but that is exactly what Zahra Abdallah and her brother, Khalid, had in mind when they decided to fulfill their late father's dream of opening the Hosn al-Wazzani tourist village on the Wazzani springs.
The situation is said to be the tensest in Saraj and Tetovo considering Blerim Bexheti from Saraj has been replaced as minister of justice and Hazbi Lika from Tetovo has been left out of both the government and the senior party structure.
The tensest showdown with the West since the fall of the Berlin Wall has proved to be good for the business of governing in Moscow.
In the tensest of finales, Sinfield and Danny McGuire both failed with ambitious drop-goal attempts before Sinfield then saw a second drop goal come back off a post with 100 seconds remaining.
The exit at one of the tensest times in the country's financial history, has taken the country's banking community by surprise.
That was the tensest, tensest moment in Strictly for me," said a relieved Reid.
Recall that during the Cold War this was one of the tensest, most highly militarized regions in the world, with almost no contact over the border between East and West.
England held on in the tensest of finishes for a 14-run win on Sunday, when Ian Bell's second-innings century and James Anderson's 10-wicket match haul were the major factors in their success.
First, he made a clearly sympathetic gesture to Henrique Capriles, leader of the Venezuelan right, whom he received in Bogota during one of the tensest moments in the neighboring country.