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To abridge, settle, or limit succession to real property. An estate whose succession is limited to certain people rather than being passed to all heirs.

In real property, a fee tail is the conveyance of land subject to certain limitations or restrictions, namely, that it may only descend to certain specified heirs.


verb adferre, call for, demand, force, impel, innlude as a necessary consequence, involve, make incumbent, make inescapable, make necessary, make requisite, make unavoidable, necessitate, need, obligate, occasion, require
See also: bequest, compel, concern, consist, involve, require


an estate tail or fee tail. In England, a settlement of land, destined to the grantee and the heirs of his body (or some more special destination; initially, such settlements rendered the land inalienable, i.e. not transferable to another owner, but after 1472 it came to be accepted that the entail could in certain circumstances be barred and the land made alienable). The whole law of entail was relaxed over time. Since the coming into force in 1997 of the Trusts of Land and Appointments of Trustees Act 1996 entailed interest cannot exist in equity, even by way of a trust. In Scotland, entails (also known as tailzies, ‘z' silent) were made possible by the Entail Act of 1683, provision being made for the setting up of a Register of Entails, publicizing which estates were entailed. As, initially, in England, entailing land in Scotland made that land inalienable. The Entail Amendment (Scotland) Act 1848 established a procedure whereby entails could be barred, and in 1914 it was provided by the Entail (Scotland) Act that no future entails of land in Scotland would be permitted, save to implement a direction to entail combined in a will executed before the Act came into force.

TO ENTAIL. To create an estate tail. Vide Tail.

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Poverty was another vice which the peculiar physical deficiency of Dammit's mother had entailed upon her son.
De Courcy's arrival, and I advise you by all means to marry him; his father's estate is, we know, considerable, and I believe certainly entailed.
Rose was convinced that Martin would make too unkind a father; he had no wish for another taste of the general confusion and disorganized routine her confinement had entailed.
When I was alone once more, however, with the precious case lying upon the table in front of me, I could not but think with some misgivings of the immense responsibility which it entailed upon me.
He would be the heir to the estate because that is entailed.
He, Mr Clare, would much have liked to see d'Urberville in the Church to whose ministry he had devoted so many years of his own life, and would have helped him to enter a theological college to that end; but since his correspondent had possibly not cared to do this on account of the delay it would have entailed, he was not the man to insist upon its paramount importance.
We had not thought much of the diamonds for the last twenty-four hours or so; indeed, the very idea of diamonds was nauseous, seeing what they had entailed upon us; but, reflected I, I may as well pocket some in case we ever should get out of this ghastly hole.
I accepted the position, and spent a month in Atlanta in performance of the duties which it entailed.
All he cared about was gaiety and women, and as according to his ideas there was nothing dishonorable in these tastes, and he was incapable of considering what the gratification of his tastes entailed for others, he honestly considered himself irreproachable, sincerely despised rogues and bad people, and with a tranquil conscience carried his head high.
This fortnightly meeting of a society for the free discussion of everything entailed a great deal of moving, and pulling, and ranging of furniture against the wall, and placing of breakable and precious things in safe places.
As a matter of fact Astok was a trifle awed by the proportions of the conflict which his abduction of the Ptarthian princess had induced, nor was he over comfortable with the weight of responsibility which the possession of such a prisoner entailed.
And she was all these things in spite of the fact that their observance entailed suffering and danger and possible death.