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  • n. A writ of right for a tenant in tail in case of a discontinuance of the estate tail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A writ of right for a tenant in tail in case of a discontinuance of the estate tail. This writ has been abolished.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In old English law, a writ of right for the recovery of lands by one claiming according to the form of a gift or grant thereof.

Etymologies

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Old French, from Latin. So called because the plaintiff claimed "by the form of the gift": Latin per formam doni.

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