tenor, tenour (n.) 2
meaning, purpose, intention
1H4 V.v.5 [King Henry to Worcester] wouldst thou ... / Misuse the tenor of thy kinsman's trust?
MV IV.i.232 [Shylock to Portia as Balthasar, of tearing up his bond] When it is paid, according to the tenour
TNK I.i.90 [Second Queen to Hippolyta, of Theseus] who is a servant for / The tenor of thy speech
TNK III.vi.133 [Theseus to Palamon and Arcite] you, that 'gainst the tenor of my laws / Are making battle