entail[en tāl′, in-]
An example of entail is a job that demands a lot of over time.
- Law to limit the inheritance of (real property) to a specific line or class of heirs
- to cause or require as a necessary consequence; involve; necessitate: the plan entails work
Origin of entailMiddle English entailen ; from en-, in + taile, talie, an agreement ; from Old French taillié, past participle of taillier, to cut: see tailor
- an entailing or being entailed
- that which is entailed, as an estate
- necessary sequence, as the order of descent for an entailed inheritance
transitive verben·tailed, en·tail·ing, en·tails
- To have, impose, or require as a necessary accompaniment or consequence: The investment entailed a high risk. The proposition X is a rose entails the proposition X is a flower because all roses are flowers.
- To limit the inheritance of (property) to a specified succession of heirs.
- To bestow or impose on a person or a specified succession of heirs.
- a. The act of entailing, especially property.b. The state of being entailed.
- An entailed estate.
- A predetermined order of succession, as to an estate or to an office.
- Something transmitted as if by unalterable inheritance.
Origin of entailMiddle English entaillen, to limit inheritance to specific heirs : en-, intensive pref.; see en–1 + taille, tail; see tail2.
(third-person singular simple present entails, present participle entailing, simple past and past participle entailed)
From Old English entaile (“carving”), from Old French entaille (“incision”), from entailler (“to notch, (literally) to cut in”); from prefix en- + tailler (“to cut”), from Late Latin taliare, from Latin talea. Compare late Latin feudum talliatum (“a fee entailed, i.e., curtailed or limited”).
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