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entail

[ verb en-teyl; noun en-teyl, en-teyl ]
/ verb ɛnˈteɪl; noun ɛnˈteɪl, ˈɛn teɪl /
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verb (used with object)
noun
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Origin of entail

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

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How to use entail in a sentence

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 forms of entail

entailer, noun

Word Origin for entail

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