- to cause or involve by necessity or as a consequence: a loss entailing no regret.
- to impose as a burden: Success entails hard work.
- Law. to limit the passage of (a landed estate) to a specified line of heirs, so that it cannot be alienated, devised, or bequeathed.
- Law. to cause (anything) to descend to a fixed series of possessors.
- the act of entailing.
- Law. the state of being entailed.
- any predetermined order of succession, as to an office.
- Law. something that is entailed, as an estate.
- Law. the rule of descent settled for an estate.
Origin of entail
Examples from the Web for entailing
He had left the same courthouse with half a smile and a shrug because it was only a civil case, entailing no criminal penalties.Kristin Davis, Self-Styled Spitzer Madam, Is Arraigned on Drug Charges
August 7, 2013
I have already purchased an ample estate with the view of entailing it on you and your issue.Coningsby
Can I bear to think of entailing beggary on the posterity of my Amelia?Amelia
Exercise this cannot be called; it is the worst species of labour, entailing upon its victims numerous evils.
As in the other instance, a search has to be made for the key, entailing much perambulation of the farm.Yorkshire Painted And Described
England no longer permits the entailing of estates for long periods.
- to bring about or impose by necessity; have as a necessary consequencethis task entails careful thought
- property law to restrict (the descent of an estate) to a designated line of heirs
- logic to have as a necessary consequence
- property law
- the restriction imposed by entailing an estate
- an estate that has been entailed
Word Origin and History for entailing
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.