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

    The estate of the donee of a conditional fee after the statute de donis. See 16 N. J. L. 181.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    An estate tail; an estate of inheritance given to a man and the heirs of his body or limited to certain classes of particular heirs. It corresponds to the feudum talliatum of the feudal law, and the idea is believed to have been borrowed from the Roman law, where, by way of fidei commissa, lands might be entailed upon children and freedmen and their descendants, with restrictions as to alienation. 1 Washb. Real Prop. 66. For the varieties and special characteristics of this kind of estate, see Tail.