- 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
Related Wordsrequire, necessitate, encompass, involve, entangle, impose, evoke, demand, occasion, tangle, cause
Examples from the Web for entail
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Some parents have transportation problems that entail further costs.The Doctor’s Note Must Die!
September 16, 2014
Foley was a risk taker who reported from the front lines, fully aware of the dangers that might entail.Medieval Cruelty in Modern Times: ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist
August 19, 2014
He or she can work with you to map out an individualized plan, which may entail taking the hormone melatonin.Can Changing Time Zones Affect Your Health?
June 13, 2014
The inclusiveness of Hebrew is its virtue in this context; learning it does not entail legal discrimination.A Hebrew Democratic State for All Its Citizens
October 3, 2013
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
As the price of it he was fully prepared for the sacrifice of his own life, which it must entail.The Sea-Hawk
If that does not entail simony and sacrilege, then such things do not exist at all.The Life of Cesare Borgia
Who could have thought that the law of entail could sway a mother's affections?Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
- 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 entail
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.