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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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So he lapsed into out-of-key fumblings around the fretboard, though his searing tenor vocals still cut with authority when he did Johnson calssics like "Crossroads Blues" and "Terraplace Blues." "Don't be a square, don't go nowhere, good things are coming soon," he quipped as he introduced Lockwood for his featured segment.
Best known for his soft rock ballads and tenor vocals the 57-year-old performed at the Hope Street venue as part of his current UK tour which includes a night at the Royal Albert Hall.
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Gerry Williams - guitar, lead and low tenor vocals - is the founder of this group of strolling minstrels.