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  • TACK
    n. In Scotch law, A term corresponding to the English "lease," and denoting the same species of contract. -Tack duty. Kent reserved upon a lease.
    The uniting securities given at different times, so as to prevent any intermediate purchaser from claiming a title to redeem or otherwise discharge one lien, which is prior, without redeeming or discharging the other liens also, which are subsequent to his own title. 1 Story, Eq. Jur. ? 412. The More...
    In Scotch law. A tenant or lessee; one to whom a tack is granted. 1 Forb. Inst. pt. 2, p. 153.
    Lat In old English law. Touching the holy evangelists. Fleta, lib. 3, c. 16, ? 21. "A bishop may swear visis evangeliis, [looking at the Gospels,] and not tactis, and It Is good enough." Freem. 133.
    Lat. Having personally touched" "the holy Gospel. Cro. Eliz. 105. The description of a corporal oath.
  • TAIL
    Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed, as a fee or estate in fee, to a certain order of succession, or to certain heirs.
    An estate of inheritance, which, instead of descending to heirs generally, goes to the heirs of the donee's body, which means his lawful issue, his children, and through them to his grandchildren in a direct line, so long as his posterity endures in a regular order and course of descent, More...
    A piece cut out of the whole; a share of one's substance paid by way of tribute; a toll or tax. Cowell.
    Fr. In old French law. A tax or assessment levied by the king, or by any great lord, upon his subjects, usually taking the form of an imposition upon the owners of real estate. Brande. In old English law. The fee which la opposed to fee-simple, because it is so More...
    In Scotch law. An entail. A tailzied fee is that which the owner, by exercising his inherent right of disposing of his property, settles upon others than those to whom it would have descended toy law. 1 Forb. Inst pt 2, p. 101.
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