en·tail 1 /in-'tāl/ vt [Middle English entaillen, from en -, causative prefix + taille restriction on inheritance see tail]: to make (an estate in real property) a fee tail: limit the descent of (real property) by restricting inheritance to specific descendants who cannot convey or transfer the property
estates are entail ed entire on the eldest male heir — Benjamin Franklin
en·tail·ment n
entail 2 n
1: an act or instance of entailing real property; also: the practice of entailing property
the repeal of the laws of entail would prevent the accumulation and perpetuation of wealth in select families — Thomas Jefferson see also de donis conditionalibus in the important laws section
2: an entailed estate in real property
if entail s had not become barrable — Eileen Spring
3: the fixed line of descent of an entailed estate

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

I verb adferre, call for, demand, force, impel, include as a necessary consequence, inferre, involve, make essential, make incumbent, make inescapable, make necessary, make requisite, make unavoidable, necessitate, need, obligate, occasion, require II index bequest, concern (involve), consist, require (compel)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To bring along certain inevitable consequences.
(2) To settle the inheritance of a property within a specific family line over generations, limiting it to particular descendants; to create a fee tail.
An inheritance restricted to a particular family line; property that is settled in that way.

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

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 by the Fines and Recoveries Act 1832 and remodelled by the 1925 Property Reforms, making it possible to entail personal property and to bar an entail by will. 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, publicising 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 1914 Act came into force.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

n. Archaic At common law, an interest in real estate that passed only to direct issue of the owner and not to collateral heirs.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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.

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

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.

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

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