life tenant


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n life tenant a tenant whose legal right to retain possession of buildings or lands lasts as long as they (or some other person) live
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  • William Ernest Henley
    William Ernest Henley
    “Madam, Life's a piece in bloom death goes dogging everywhere: She's the tenant of the room he's the ruffian on the stair.”


In literature:

This nobleman, publicly useful as his life had no doubt been, had done little for his own tenants, or his own property.
"The Kellys and the O'Kellys" by Anthony Trollope
There's no park, of course, and the bulk of the land is let to a life-tenant, a Mr. Sidney.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
In fact, how the wretched tenants managed to support life at all seems a mystery.
"Is Ulster Right?" by Anonymous
Total of the rent of tenants for life, 3s.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Her tenants owned their own farms, and her chauffeur resented her interference with his personal life.
"Woman in Modern Society" by Earl Barnes
He has no inclination to become a deserter or a tenant, for life is agreeable there, and the school is made his chief interest.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
We became very intimate with him whilst we were his tenants, and, I believe, cheered the close of his life.
"Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Mary Leigh, who had been for twenty years life-tenant of the Stoneleigh estates, under the will of her brother, the last Lord Leigh.
"Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters" by William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
Such are the ironies of life for the tenants of basement flats.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
These blow up from time to time, causing great damage and loss of life among the tenants.
"This Giddy Globe" by Oliver Herford

In poetry:

Life and Thought have gone away
Side by side,
Leaving door and windows wide.
Careless tenants they!
"The Deserted House" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
One day when a cab drove to th' gate,
Th' new tenant stept aght, an his wife,
(An tawk abaat fashion an state!
Yo ne'er saw sich a spreead i' yor life.)
"To Let" by John Hartley
Thou who hast made my home of life so pleasant,
Leave not its tenant when its walls decay;
O Love Divine, O Helper ever present,
Be Thou my strength and stay!
"At Last" by John Greenleaf Whittier
If prudence springs in single life,
It flourishes in man and wife.
He built a house for forty pound
Upon 'Squire Mundy's cottage ground;
Behav'd as peaceful tenants ought,
And paid the 'Squire a yearly groat.
"Happiness" by William Hutton
For such dull bliss our age hath too much wit;
Home, now, no resting-place, but place to quit.
In endless change we live; in change we die;
Found scarcely one, of all life's flitters by,
The turf to tenant where his fathers lie.
"Pretence. Part I - Table-Talk" by John Kenyon

In news:

The iconic flying saucer building in Midtown has a new life with a tenant.
Miss Parker is the last tenant on the last day of the occupied life of 1121 N Larrabee St, Cabrini-Green, Chicago.
Down the hall at Sun Life Stadium, the new tenant was being introduced.
Rights of a Life Estate Tenant in Community Association Matters.