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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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Wyman's silky-smooth tenor voice is ideally suited for this.
He straddles two musical idioms--Christian music by virtue of lyrical gifts that are unique and folk/pop/roots secular music with a signature, evocative tenor voice, a great knack for a timeless hook, and lovely acoustic guitar picking skills.
His version of the song Flow My Tears benefited from Toby Spence's strong and youthful tenor voice
The tenor voice is not as familiar to contempo theater audiences.
The singing voice, especially the tenor voice, recorded remarkably well with this primitive process.
Sometimes controversial for his flamboyant style (he drives a Rolls-Royce and performs like Little Richard), he is perhaps best appreciated in action, leading evangelical sermons and song with his soulful tenor voice. His rousing, music-filled services preaching love are some of the best--and most inspiring--shows in town.
Annie-Mary (Rachel Griffiths) is a gawky, 20-something under the thumb of her strict father (Jonathan Pryce), a legend thanks to his tenor voice.
This festival was rich with incongruities: a Maori martial artist, his head shaven, his body tattooed in violent lines of blue, singing a gentle Maori hymn with a pure tenor voice; a fashion show with female models whose strides along the catwalk were counter-pointed by fierce Pacific warriors carrying spears and clubs; a closing march past the beachfront hotels of this resort city by hundreds of dancers in traditional costumes, including several cameramen with painted faces and grass skirts, carrying the latest professional digital video machines.
Just as Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin are the ideal interpreters of Sondheim's music, so Barrett's expressive tenor voice (which has gained a lovely burnish since his Off-Broadway performance in Closer Than Ever a decade ago) is the perfect channel for Kander and Ebb's songs of heartfelt longing and wistful fulfillment.
The Tenor voice messager, developed by Motorola's advanced messaging systems division (AMSD) based here, will be available exclusively for the first six months through service provider PageNet Inc.
'As a child I would hear my eldest brother Jose sing, he had a beautiful tenor voice. He would pick up a guitar and he and the binatilyos (young men) would serenade the girls.