- Entail is defined as to require something as necessary.
An example of entail is a job that demands a lot of over time.
entail definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English entailen ; from en-, in plush 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
- entailment noun
entail definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb en·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: Middle English entaillen, to limit inheritance to specific heirs : en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + taille, tail; see tail2.
- en·tailˈment noun
entail - Legal Definition