- 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 Words for entailingrequire, necessitate, encompass, involve, entangle, impose, evoke, demand, occasion, tangle, cause
Examples from the Web for entailing
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of entailing
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 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.