In English common law, fee tail or entail is a form of trust established by deed or settlement which restricts the sale or inheritance of an estate in real property and prevents the property from being sold, devised by will, or otherwise alienated by the tenant-in-possession, and instead causes it to pass automatically by operation of law to an heir pre-determined by the settlement deed. The term fee tail is from Medieval Latin feodum talliatum, which means “cut(-short) fee”, and is in contrast to “fee simple” where no such restriction exists and where the possessor has an absolute title (although subject to the allodial title of the monarch) in the property which he can bequeath or otherwise dispose of as he wishes. Equivalent legal concepts exist or formerly existed in many other European countries and elsewhere.
To cut short the tail of an animal
“Curtailing horses procured long horse-hair.”
To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate.
“When the audience grew restless, the speaker curtailed her speech.”
To limit or restrict, keep in check.
A scroll termination, as of a step, etc.
To imply or require.
“This activity will entail careful attention to detail.”
To settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a person and his descendants or a certain line of descendants; — said especially of an estate; to bestow as a heritage.
To appoint hereditary possessor.
To cut or carve in an ornamental way.
That which is entailed. Hence:
An estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a particular class of issue.
Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.
involve (something) as a necessary or inevitable part or consequence
“a situation which entails considerable risks”
have as a logically necessary consequence.
limit the inheritance of (property) over a number of generations so that ownership remains within a particular family or group
“her father’s estate was entailed on a cousin”
cause to experience or possess (something) permanently or inescapably
“I cannot get rid of the disgrace which you have entailed upon us”
a limitation of the inheritance of property to certain heirs over a number of generations
“landed property was governed by primogeniture and entail”
“the damage being done in England by entails”
a property bequeathed under an entail
“the spinning mills were not part of the entail”