fee tail


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fee tail a fee limited to a particular line of heirs; they are not free to sell it or give it away
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fee tail (Law) an estate of inheritance, limited and restrained to some particular heirs.
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In literature:

The New-born succeeds to the fee-simple as last in tail.
"Kenelm Chillingly, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
They have no horns, no tails, none of the fee-faw-fum of Tasso and Klopstock.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
He held, as he supposed, a piece of land in fee, but, in fact, he was only seized in tail.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
Jurors were required to have at least 20 pounds income from freehold land or rents in fee, fee tail, or for life.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The grantees in their turn settled these holdings in fee tail on the oldest son in accordance with the law of primogeniture.
"The Journal of Negro History, Vol. I. Jan. 1916" by Various
On the 12th, I obtained leave to bring in a bill declaring tenants in tail to hold their lands in fee simple.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
It is divisible into three species: (1) fee simple; (2) conditional fee; (3) fee tail.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2" by Various