Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    See Examination in chief. See, also, Tenure in capite.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Principal; primary; directly obtained. A term applied to the evidence obtained from a witness upon his examination in court by the party producing him. Tenure in chief, or in capite, is a holding directly of the king or chief lord.