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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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The Tenor bell at Liverpool weighs 82 hundredweight - just over four tons - with Exeter's weighing half a ton less.
At 12.30pm the audience will approach the church on foot from nearby Edgehill, site of the 1642 Civil War battle, summoned by the ringing of a single tenor bell.
The Abbey's Tenor Bell was being tolled every minute for 101 minutes, echoing the years of the Queen Mother's life.
Tenor bell at Westminster Abbey tolls every minute for 101 minutes.
The tenor bell at Westminster Abbey will toll every minute for 101 minutes.
9.49 Tenor bell of Westminster Abbey begins to toll once every minute until 11.30am to represent the Queen Mother''s 101 years.
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