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In its most extensive signification tenement comprehends every thing which may be holden, provided it be of a permanent nature; and not only lands and inheritances which are holden, but also rents and profits a prendre of which a man has any frank tenement, and of which he may be seised ut de libero tenemento, are included under this term. But the word tenements simply, without other circumstances, has never been construed to pass a fee. In its more confined and vulgar acceptation, it means a house or building.