[ en-teyl-muhnt ]
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  1. the act or fact of entailing, or involving by necessity or as a consequence: The logical entailment of this approach is that the right way to design a curriculum is to make it free of bias.

  2. something involved as a necessary part or consequence of something: Long hours of work are an entailment of the job.

  1. Linguistics. a relationship between two sentences such that if the first is true, the second must also be true, as in Her son drives her to work every day and Her son knows how to drive.

Origin of entailment


Other words from entailment

  • pre·en·tail·ment, noun

Words Nearby entailment

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How to use entailment in a sentence

  • The emancipated Negro struggles up to-day against many obstacles, the entailment of a brutal slavery.

    The Negro Problem | Booker T. Washington, et al.
  • Were Canaan's posterity to endure the entailment of its disabilities and woes, until the end of time?

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus | American Anti-Slavery Society
  • This arrangement was only in accordance with the original entailment of the property.

    A Country Sweetheart | Dora Russell

British Dictionary definitions for entailment


/ (ɪnˈteɪlmənt) /

  1. the act of entailing or the condition of being entailed

  2. philosophy logic

    • a relationship between propositions such that one must be true if the others are

    • a proposition whose truth depends on such a relationship: Usual symbol: See fish-hook (def. 2)

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