entail

[ verb en-teyl; noun en-teyl, en-teyl ]
/ verb ɛnˈteɪl; noun ɛnˈteɪl, ˈɛn teɪl /

verb (used with object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. ent,
  2. ent-,
  3. entablature,
  4. entablement,
  5. entad,
  6. entailment,
  7. ental,
  8. entameba,
  9. entamebiasis,
  10. entamoeba

Origin of entail

1350–1400; Middle English entailen (v.), entail (noun). See en-1, tail2

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for entail

entail

/ (ɪnˈteɪl) /

verb (tr)

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

noun

property law
  1. the restriction imposed by entailing an estate
  2. an estate that has been entailed
Derived Formsentailer, noun

Word Origin for entail

C14: entaillen, from en- 1 + taille limitation, tail ²

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Word Origin and History for entail

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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