Something college professors get when they are offered a life-time position at a college.
I have tenure so I can conduct my class however I want without worry of being fired

Man, once I get tenure I won't have to worry about being unemployed ever again.
by DesPERRYado November 1, 2004
1. An affliction that disrupts economies of academic production that is most commonly observed amongst academics who have received tenure and give no fucks about 'outcomes', 'metrics' and basically getting any measurable shit done. Not to be confused with laziness or incompetence, or even aloofness; the causes are usually benevolent, but symptoms manifest towards early career researchers that have never known the luxury of free thought. Secondary symptoms can include,

1a. The affliction contributes to bizarre and sometimes non-sensical claims from research data that may, or may not exist, but have to be argued against anyways.

1b. The affliction may create relations where tenured academics end up peer-reviewing their own work through various boards, committees and editorial guidance to ensure their old ideas continue to circulate and are counted towards publication schemes, even if they're not sure what this means.
"'Did we get that paper in for publication on time?' 'No, prof. x Tenuritis' was acting up so no one gets the publication point'"
"My work with you shows that I'm interested and willing to collaborate on this project, however my tenuritis prohibits me from creating outcomes that will help you secure employment"
"I can't wait to get Tenuritis! I'm going to collage the shit out of some landscape paintings and then have my board buy them up and then BOOM - I'm Bric-à-bracking my way to head of school!"
by ECRfodder November 9, 2013
A teacher's dream that allows them to screw around his/or students and not have to teach.
"Man Mrs. Johnson is such a bitch ever since she got her tenure. Now that mean, old, and ugly bitch can wear short skirts and ass tight low cut shirts that show off her fake tits. Basically, she can do anything besides screwing or killing one her students and have no worries about being fired."

"My Chemistry teacher called my friend a f'ing dike and the teachers punishment was only a slap on the wrist because that bitch got tenure."

"OMG my teacher took a DUMP in my friends seat and made this kid eat her feces. She would have got fired if only she didn't have that bs tenure."
by MxPx_Fan November 9, 2005
an acronym that stand for:

Totally Exempt from Needing to Use Real Effort
my professor is completely awful because he's tenured
by briarmoss April 12, 2010
a Godless action taken by colleges and universities across America to keep their teachers and professors from leaving their institutions to work elsewhere by guaranteeing their "right to work" for life at the college and/or university of their chosen employment. the reason this is "Godless" is it allows the teachers and professors to teach their own perverted agendas which therefore brainwashes our youth to believe personal lies over generally accepted unalienable truths, that made America great in the first place.
bill: i hate my political science professor. if i don't believe what he believes, he'll flunk me, and i do not agree with him at all politically. the man's a communist and believes in collective thought.

chip: you are stuck with him, my friend, as he has tenure. he can't be fired, so you either need to drop out of his class entirely and find another instructor or be his slave and go with the flow against your own conscience or let him flunk you. isn't America GREAT?
by adam812 January 26, 2014

After having a friendship that has lasted for a long time the friends have a sort of tenure that allows them to say and do things that other people would not be able to, and also exempts them from most consequences.
Paul - "Hey Jeff, why did you let Jasmine say that about you?"
Jeff- "I know she was just kidding and I've known her my whole life; she has friend tenure."
by camarro88 December 26, 2008
A neurological condition found in academic professors with tenure. The lack of intellectual challenge, combined with ~100% job security after receiving tenure, causes their mental faculties to dwindle to the point where they become mentally challenged.
"Dr. Asshat has a horrible case of tenure rot - he asked me if spinach was a plant yesterday."
by BlackSheepofScience November 26, 2016