[verb en-teyl; noun en-teyl, en-teyl]

verb (used with object)


Origin of entail

1350–1400; Middle English entailen (v.), entail (noun). See en-1, tail2
Related formsen·tail·er, nounen·tail·ment, nounnon·en·tailed, adjectivepre·en·tail, verb (used with object)un·en·tailed, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of entailed

Historical Examples of entailed

  • But, as Laura Ann said, it entailed things, notably industry.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • The rag jammed in the barrel and entailed a hard pull to extract it.

  • Entailed on the baby about to be born, if he happens to be a boy.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • You know the law about succeeding to peerages and entailed lands?

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

  • But I know too well that he is my father; and that he has entailed on me everlasting sorrow.

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

British Dictionary definitions for entailed


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


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 entailed



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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