Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An estate in land that may only be passed on to lineal descendants.

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  • noun law (obsolete) An estate in land at common law wherein the land is inherited, but can not be sold, devised by will, or otherwise alienated by the owner, but which passes by operation of law to the owner's heirs upon his death.

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  • noun a fee limited to a particular line of heirs; they are not free to sell it or give it away
  • verb limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English fe taille, from Anglo-Norman fee taile : fee, fee; see fee + Old French taile, past participle of tailier, to cut; see tailor.]

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Derived from the Middle Latin foedum talliatum.

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