[ verb en-teyl; noun en-teyl, en-teyl ]
/ verb ɛnˈteɪl; noun ɛnˈteɪl, ˈɛn teɪl /
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verb (used with object)
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 (real estate) to a specified line of heirs, so that it cannot be transferred or bequeathed to anyone else.
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.
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Origin of entail
OTHER WORDS FROM entailen·tail·er, nounen·tail·ment, nounpre·en·tail, verb (used with object)
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How to use entail in a sentence
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|Michael Daly|August 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Idolatry is either a defiance or a forgetfulness of God,--high treason to the majesty of Heaven, entailing the direst calamities.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V|John Lord
As in the other instance, a search has to be made for the key, entailing much perambulation of the farm.Yorkshire Painted And Described|Gordon Home
He accompanied the sheriff on all journeys entailing serving of papers and other embarrassing duties common to the law.The Village Watch-Tower|(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
"No woman ever took that fatal step yet, without its entailing on her the most dire wretchedness," she replied.East Lynne|Mrs. Henry Wood
She was afraid of entailing misery on him by fostering a taste beyond what his means would permit him to gratify.Watch--Work--Wait|Sarah A. Myers
British Dictionary definitions for entail
/ (ɪnˈteɪl) /
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
- the restriction imposed by entailing an estate
- an estate that has been entailed
Derived forms of entailentailer, noun
Word Origin for entail
C14: entaillen, from en- 1 + taille limitation, tail ²
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