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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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As it sounded a figure jumped from behind a tree and called tensely:
Upon them the undivided, tensely passionate attention of that whole mass of men was concentrated.
He lived tensely. He was always keyed up, alert for attack, wary of being attacked, with an eye for sudden and unexpected missiles, prepared to act precipitately and coolly, to leap in with a flash of teeth, or to leap away with a menacing snarl.
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Hizbullah chiefs are watching to see whether UNIFIL takes up the Israeli challenge and waiting even more tensely to see if the Lebanese army meets Israel's demand.
The volume begins with Homer sitting on a stone by the shore while his own character, Odysseus, "was about / gathering baits for him." There is something fascinating about the attempt to pack the majesty of the Odyssey into a mere four lines detailing such a seemingly private moment, as if the poet has energized his epigram by tensely packing into it an epic that threatens to break out.
It ended tensely with Lynch promising she would see Rousey soon - and the WWE confirmed it would be as soon as Survivor Series.
Speaking to Malay Mail before a hiking excursion on Bukit Gasing Ecological Park, the eight boys ranging aged 14 to 16 looked tensely at each other before trip leader 53-year-old Japanese housewife Akiko Ijitsu convinced them to open up.
But he would not comply and rather acted tensely, insulting me.
Kenyans are tensely awaiting the final tally of an election pitting Mr Odinga against President Uhuru Kenyatta.