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Definition: Tenor

What is the dictionary definition of Tenor?

Dictionary Definition

The time that must elapse before a bill of exchange or promissory note becomes due for payment; this is as stated on the bill or note.


  1. archaic, music Musical part or section that holds or performs the main melody, as opposed to the contratenor bassus and contratenor altus, who perform countermelodies.
  2. obsolete duration; continuance; a state of holding on in a continuous course; general tendency; career.
  3. music Musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto.

Synonyms For Tenor

tone, spirit, drift, substance, meaning

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Tenor. PayrollHeaven.com. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. https://payrollheaven.com/define/tenor/ (accessed: September 28, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Tenor are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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