Definition of cottier tenure in English:

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cottier tenure


[mass noun] historical
(In Ireland) the letting of land in small portions direct to the labourers, at a rent fixed by competition.
Example sentences
  • Circumstances in the recent history of Ireland, most disastrous in their first aspect, have done much to break up the system of cottier tenure and to introduce a better kind of cultivation.

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