entail[en tāl′, in-]
- Entail is defined as to require something as necessary.
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)
- To imply or require.
- This activity will entail careful attention to detail.
- To settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a person and his descendants or a certain line of descendants; -- said especially of an estate; to bestow as a heritage.
- Allowing them to entail their estates. — David Hume.
- I here entail The crown to thee and to thine heirs forever. — Shakespeare
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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