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entail

[verb en-teyl; noun en-teyl, en-teyl] /verb ɛnˈteɪl; noun ɛnˈteɪl, ˈɛn teɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause or involve by necessity or as a consequence:
a loss entailing no regret.
2.
to impose as a burden:
Success entails hard work.
3.
Law. to limit the passage of (a landed estate) to a specified line of heirs, so that it cannot be alienated, devised, or bequeathed.
4.
Law. to cause (anything) to descend to a fixed series of possessors.
noun
5.
the act of entailing.
6.
Law. the state of being entailed.
7.
any predetermined order of succession, as to an office.
8.
Law. something that is entailed, as an estate.
9.
Law. the rule of descent settled for an estate.
Origin of entail
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English entailen (v.), entail (noun). See en-1, tail2
Related forms
entailer, noun
entailment, noun
nonentailed, adjective
preentail, verb (used with object)
unentailed, adjective
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  • There, by their law of entail, the same process is unswifter,—yet does it unvary.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • You shall answer to me for that word, though it entail a yet worse dishonour to meet you.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • As the price of it he was fully prepared for the sacrifice of his own life, which it must entail.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • If that does not entail simony and sacrilege, then such things do not exist at all.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • Who could have thought that the law of entail could sway a mother's affections?

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for entail

entail

/ɪnˈteɪl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bring about or impose by necessity; have as a necessary consequence: this task entails careful thought
2.
(property law) to restrict (the descent of an estate) to a designated line of heirs
3.
(logic) to have as a necessary consequence
noun
4.
(property law)
  1. the restriction imposed by entailing an estate
  2. an estate that has been entailed
Derived Forms
entailer, noun
Word Origin
C14: entaillen, from en-1 + taille limitation, tail²
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Word Origin and History for entail
v.

mid-14c., "convert (an estate) into 'fee tail' (feudum talliatum)," from en- (1) "make" + taile "legal limitation," especially of inheritance, ruling who succeeds in ownership and preventing it from being sold off, from Anglo-French taile, Old French taillie, past participle of taillier "allot, cut to shape," from Late Latin taliare. Sense of "have consequences" is 1829, from notion of "inseparable connection." Related: Entailed; entailling.

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