Estate in tail

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Estate in tail a limited, abridged, or reduced fee; an estate limited to certain heirs, and from which the other heirs are precluded; -- called also estate tail.
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Usage

In literature:

Estates tail were abolished in Virginia in 1776, on a motion of Mr. Jefferson.
"Democracy In America, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Alexis de Toqueville
The Prince falls at once into all the long frocks that are required, and has an estate tail in six dozen napkins.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, November 20, 1841" by Various
Not so, however, the estate in tail of the eldest son, James Bartholomew.
"Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton" by Anonymous
The Prince falls at once into all the long frocks that are required, and has an estate tail in six dozen napkins.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Estates tail were abolished in Virginia in 1776, on a motion of Mr Jefferson.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
It passes from heir to heir like an estate in tail.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first" by Count Carlo Gozzi
The descent of an estate in tail would be ascertained by such of the foregoing rules as are not inapplicable to it.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 5" by Various
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In news:

Vornado to Beautify 330 Madison for $100 M. Billionaire and golfing ace Steven Roth believes in New York City's real estate market, no matter how battered and bloodied and black and blue it may appear at the tail end of a brutish winter.
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