fee tail

Definition of "fee tail"
  1. An obsolete form of property ownership that necessitated passing the land solely to a specific person's descendants, thus keeping it within the family
How to use "fee tail" in a sentence
  1. His estate was held under a fee tail, ensuring that only his descendants could inherit it.
  2. Before land reforms, a fee tail was a common mechanism to safeguard family property.
  3. Under a fee tail, her ancient family manor would pass only to her direct descendants.

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