Definition of tail male in English:

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tail male

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[mass noun] Law , historical
The limitation of the succession of property or title to male descendants: Henry VI granted the reversion of Feckenham Forest to Henry, Duke of Warwick, in tail male
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  • As I have said, the Defendants claim that the rights under the s. 2 reverter passed, under the devise of the Somerset Estate in the 4th Duke's Will, to F. W. Forester for life with remainder to his sons in tail male.
  • In 1727 the entire estate, as it then stood, was settled on the eldest son Thomas in tail male, with remainders to each of his brothers, also in tail male, and a final remainder jointly to his sisters.
  • Thanks to my one-time proficiency in English land law, specifically the mysteries of the ‘fee tail male,’ I have always been able to explain to puzzled fellow Americans why the unctuous Mr. Collins was heir to the Bennet house and property.
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