What does entail mean?

Definitions for entailɛnˈteɪl; ˈɛn teɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word entail.

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


  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

  8. Origin: [OE. entailen to carve, OF. entailler. See Entail, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Entail

    en-tāl′, v.t. (Spens.) to carve. [O. Fr. entailler—Low L. en, into, taleāre, to cut.]

  2. Entail

    en-tāl′, v.t. to settle an estate on a series of heirs, so that the immediate possessor may not dispose of it: to bring on as an inevitable consequence:—pr.p. entail′ing; pa.p. entailed′.n. an estate entailed: the rule of descent of an estate.—ns. Entail′er; Entail′ment, act of entailing: state of being entailed. [O. Fr. entailler, to cut into—en, in, into, tailler, to cut—L. talea, a twig.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of entail in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of entail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mohamed Ibn Chambas:

    Nothing should be done which could entail a breach of public order.

  2. Pope Francis:

    Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail.

  3. Yngve Slyngstad:

    All changes entail some risk but we would not categorize it as a significant risk.

  4. Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari:

    It will entail the KRG exporting 250,000 barrels per day to Turkey to Ceyhan. It will be handed there to SOMO.

  5. James McKenna:

    That will entail either us not calling for labor, because there is no point in having it, or labor going on strike.

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