Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    To create an estate-tail; to settle property upon.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    n. A fee abridged or limited to the issue or certain classes of issue, instead of descending to all the heirs. 1 Washb. Real Prop. 66; Cowell; 2 Bl. Comm. 112, note.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    v. To settle or limit the succession to real property; to create an estate tell. Entail, in legal treatises, is used to signify an estate tail, especially with reference to the restraint which such an estate imposes upon iis owner, or, in other words, the points wherein such an estate differs from an estate in fee-simple. And this is often its popular sense; but sometimes it is, in popular language, used differently, so as to signify a succession of life-estates, as when it is said that "an entail ends with A.," meaning that A. is the first person who is entitled to bar or cat off the entail, being in law the first tenant in tail. Mozley & Whitley.
    —Break or bar an entail. To free an estate from the limitations imposed by an entail and permit its free disposition, anciently by means of a fine or common recovery, but now by deed in which the tenant and next heir join.
    —Quasi entail. An estate pur autre vie may be granted, not only to a man and his heirs, but to a man and the heirs of his body, which is termed a "quasi entail;" the interest so granted not being properly an estate-tail, (for the statute De Donis applies only where the subject of the entail is an estate of inheritance,) but yet so far in the nature of an estate-tail that it will go to the heir of the body as special occupant during the life of the cestui gue vie, in the same manner as an estate of inheritance would descend, if limited to the grantee and the heirs of his body. Wharton.