fee tail
fee tail see fee 1

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

fee tail
n.
A conveyance of property that establishes a specific line of succession, limiting the transfer of the property to a particular category of descendants of the recipient, and that goes back to the grantor if there are no suitable descendants; also called an estate tail.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


fee tail
A form of real estate ownership, now abolished, that required property to be passed only to the descendants of a certain person.This kept land in the family indefinitely.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


fee tail
n. Archaic A fee estate granted to a particular individual and his or her specified heirs (typically direct issue, not collateral heirs) and that reverts if the individual dies without such heirs.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


fee tail
An estate in land subject to a restriction regarding inheritance.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


fee tail
An estate in land subject to a restriction regarding inheritance.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

fee tail
n.
   an old feudal expression for a title to real property which can only be passed to one's heirs "of his body" or certain heirs who are blood relatives. If the blood line ran out (no children) then the title would revert to the descendants of the lord who originally gave the land to the title-holding family. Thus, it could not be transferred to anyone outside the family. The intention was to keep lands within a family line and not subdivided. In 16th century England, trusts were established to get around this "restraint on alienation" so the land could be held in trust for another person to use. Fee tail is of historic and academic interest only.
   See also: fee, fee simple

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Fee tail — Fee Fee (f[=e]), n. [OE. fe, feh, feoh, cattle, property, money, fief, AS. feoh cattle, property, money; the senses of property, money, arising from cattle being used in early times as a medium of exchange or payment, property chiefly consisting… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fee tail — n. 〚Anglo Fr fee tailé < fee (see FEE) + tailé, pp. of taillir, to cut, limit (OFr taillier): see TAILOR〛 an estate in real property which may be inherited only by a specified class of heirs …   Universalium

  • fee tail — n. [Anglo Fr fee tailé < fee (see FEE) + tailé, pp. of taillir, to cut, limit (OFr taillier): see TAILOR] an estate in real property which may be inherited only by a specified class of heirs, usually the natural children of the owner …   English World dictionary

  • fee tail — fee′ tail′ n. law See under fee 2), a) • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME < AF …   From formal English to slang

  • Fee tail — Entail redirects here. For other uses, see Entail (disambiguation). Property law …   Wikipedia

  • fee tail — noun a fee limited to a particular line of heirs; they are not free to sell it or give it away • Hypernyms: ↑fee * * * noun (plural fees tail) Etymology: Middle English fee taille, from Anglo French fé taillé, from Old French fé fee, fief +… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fee tail — noun (plural fees tail) Etymology: Middle English fee taille, from Anglo French fé taillé entailed fee Date: 15th century a fee limited to a particular class of heirs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fee tail — noun (plural fees tail) Law, chiefly historical a type of tenure in land with restrictions (entailments) regarding the line of heirs to whom it may be willed. Origin ME: from Anglo Norman Fr. fee tailé (see fee, tail2) …   English new terms dictionary

  • fee tail — /fi ˈteɪl/ (say fee tayl) noun Law (formerly) an estate of inheritance in land with restrictions regarding the line of heirs to whom it may be willed. Compare fee simple. {Anglo French fee tailé literally, feoff limited fee (def. 4) …   Australian English dictionary

  • fee tail — A freehold estate in which there is a fixed line of inheritable succession limited to the issue of the body of the grantee or devisee, and in which the regular and general succession of heirs at law is cut off. Coleman v. Shoemaker, 147 Kan. 689 …   Black's law dictionary

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