entail

[verb en-teyl; noun en-teyl, en-teyl]

verb (used with object)

noun


Origin of entail

1350–1400; Middle English entailen (v.), entail (noun). See en-1, tail2
Related formsen·tail·er, nounen·tail·ment, nounnon·en·tailed, adjectivepre·en·tail, verb (used with object)un·en·tailed, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of entails

Historical Examples of entails

  • I do not court publicity, but I cannot shirk my duty because it entails that.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander

  • The Ihrm must be put on, and the obligations of abstinence which it entails must be observed.

  • A choice which entails a concealed consequence is as to that consequence no choice.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • The book also entails conventions of intellectual ownership.

  • For the Land's End is a show-place, and we know what that entails.

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon


British Dictionary definitions for entails

entail

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 Formsentailer, noun

Word Origin for entail

C14: entaillen, from en- 1 + taille limitation, tail ²
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Word Origin and History for entails

entail

v.

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.

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