Definitions for entailɛnˈteɪl; ˈɛn teɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•tailɛnˈteɪl; ˈɛn teɪl(v.; n. also; v.t.)

  1. to cause or involve by necessity or as a consequence:

    This project will entail a lot of work.

  2. to limit the passage of (real property) to a specified line or category of heirs.

    Category: Law

  3. to cause (anything) to descend to a fixed series of possessors.

  4. (n.)the act of entailing.

  5. the state of being entailed.

    Category: Law

  6. any predetermined order of succession, as to an office.

  7. something that is entailed, as an estate.

    Category: Law

  8. the rule of descent settled for an estate.

    Category: Law

Origin of entail:

1350–1400; ME; see en-1, tail2


Princeton's WordNet

  1. entail(noun)

    land received by fee tail

  2. entail(verb)

    the act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail from a fee simple

  3. entail, imply, mean(verb)

    have as a logical consequence

    "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

  4. entail, implicate(verb)

    impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result

    "What does this move entail?"

  5. fee-tail, entail(verb)

    limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. entail(verb)ɛnˈteɪl; n. also ˈɛn teɪl

    to have as a necessary feature; = require

    an activity that entails the risk of injury


  1. entail(Noun)

    That which is entailed. Hence:

  2. entail(Noun)

    Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.

  3. entail(Verb)

    To imply or require.

    This activity will entail careful attention to detail.

  4. entail(Verb)

    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.

  5. entail(Verb)

    To appoint hereditary possessor.

  6. entail(Verb)

    To cut or carve in an ornamental way.

  7. Origin: From entaile, from entaille, from entailler; from prefix en- + tailler, from taliare, from talea. Compare late Latin feudum talliatum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Entail(noun)

    that which is entailed

  2. Entail(noun)

    an estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a particular class of issue

  3. Entail(noun)

    the rule by which the descent is fixed

  4. Entail(noun)

    delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio

  5. Entail(noun)

    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 an heritage

  6. Entail(noun)

    to appoint hereditary possessor

  7. Entail(noun)

    to cut or carve in a ornamental way

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Entail

    a term in law which came to be used in connection with the practice of limiting the inheritance of estates to a certain restricted line of heirs. Attempts of the kind, which arise naturally out of the deeply-seated desire which men have to preserve property—especially landed estates—in their own families, are of ancient date; but the system as understood now, involving the principle of primogeniture, owes its origin to the feudal system. Sometimes the succession was limited to the male issue, but this was by no means an invariable practice; in modern times the system has been, by a succession of Acts of Parliaments (notably the Cairns Act of 1882), greatly modified, and greater powers given to the actual owner of alienating the estates to which he has succeeded, a process which is called "breaking the entail."

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'entail' in Verbs Frequency: #921

Anagrams of entail

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Translations for entail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to bring as a result; to require

These alterations will entail great expense.

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