View synonyms for entailed


[ en-teyld ]


  1. involved with or following from something by logical necessity or as a consequence:

    Most of the public complied with the curfew restrictions despite the entailed inconvenience.

    If the entailed proposition turns out to be false, the theory that generated it must also be false.

  2. Law. (of real estate) limited to a specified line of heirs, so that it cannot be transferred or bequeathed to anyone else:

    This entailed estate has belonged to the family for a period of 300 years.

  3. Law. descending to a fixed series of possessors, as a title, the crown, etc.:

    On the death of his uncle Edward, Duke of York, Richard acquired the entailed title of his grandfather Edmund, Duke of York.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of entail.

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Other Words From

  • non·en·tailed adjective
  • un·en·tailed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of entailed1

First recorded in 1525–35; entail ( def ) + -ed 2( def ) for the adjective senses; entail ( def ) + -ed 1( def ) for the verb sense

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Example Sentences

When one thinks of that, and the responsibility it entailed, it makes the hairs on the back of the neck move.

Twice in the past two weeks, this has entailed meeting a plane on the runway to retriever sick passengers who may be infected.

The duchess herself said her grandmother had been extremely discreet about what her job during the war entailed.

I guess they were rightly afraid of what they might have heard, of what the answering might have entailed for us all.

Enlightened liberalism, you see, entailed a certain courtesy, precision, evidence, reasoning.

The senior branch of the family being thus extinct the whole of the entailed estate had devolved on me.

In fact, description and dialogue has entailed upon the writer rather an effort of memory than any strain upon the imagination.

The navy in time of war was recruited by impressment, a system which, though recognised by common law, entailed much hardship.

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

The sacrifice entailed by this departure was in proportion to these sentiments.