Tenancy by the Entirety Definition

A special kind of ownership, similar to a joint tenancy, that's reserved for married couples or, in some states, couples in a domestic partnership. It's available in about half the states. Both spouses or partners have the right to enjoy the entire property. Neither one can unilaterally end the tenancy, and creditors of one spouse can't force a sale of the property to collect on a debt. When one spouse or partner dies, the survivor automatically gets title to the entire property without a probate court proceeding. Also called "tenancy by the entireties." Compare: joint tenancy