What does entail mean?

Definitions for entail
ɛnˈteɪl; ˈɛn teɪlen·tail

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. entailnoun

    land received by fee tail

  2. entailverb

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

  3. entail, imply, meanverb

    have as a logical consequence

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

  4. entail, implicateverb

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

    "What does this move entail?"

  5. fee-tail, entailverb

    limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

Wiktionary

  1. entailnoun

    That which is entailed. Hence:

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

  2. entailnoun

    Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.

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

  3. entailverb

    To imply or require.

    This activity will entail careful attention to detail.

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

  4. entailverb

    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.

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

  5. entailverb

    To appoint hereditary possessor.

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

  6. entailverb

    To cut or carve in an ornamental way.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Entailnoun

    that which is entailed

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

  2. Entailnoun

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

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

  3. Entailnoun

    the rule by which the descent is fixed

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

  4. Entailnoun

    delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio

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

  5. Entailnoun

    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

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

  6. Entailnoun

    to appoint hereditary possessor

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

  7. Entailnoun

    to cut or carve in a ornamental way

    Etymology: [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."

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Numerology

  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

Examples of entail in a Sentence

  1. Kathy Bostjancic:

    However, it could entail significant losses and so risky for the Fed and they might stay away from it.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    The END of anything or any human counts more than the beginning. Yes of course, it is only he or she that endures to the end or rather holds firm to his or her faith that will be saved at last. Moreover, it is the end of a vision, aspiration or dream that proves whether it is ordinary or extraordinary, true or false. Also, it is he or she that perseveres or persists to the end that can and will leap or reap the reward for hard work (genuine success). Likewise, it is he or she that eventually reaches or crosses the finish line that emerges a winner in a race. Besides that, it is your last thoughts, words and actions that will determine your salvation or damnation on the day of reckoning. As a matter of fact, it is better for you to begin badly in anything and afterwards end up well. Than for you to begin well and afterwards end up badly. For, that will entail nothing else but only a tragedy. Nevertheless, all of the above evidently signifies that the END of anything or any human truly counts more than the beginning. Therefore, I urge you to be more concerned with what your end would be rather than your beginning. Because surely, the END is ever the BOTTOM LINE QED. ~Emeasoba George

  3. James McKenna:

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

  4. Elzbieta Karska:

    Sophisticated travel networks operate to take recruits across the porous borders, and sometimes through areas where trafficking in people and illicit goods may not be effectively controlled, testimony has documented that the routes taken entail travel through Libya, then Turkey and its border at Antakya, and then Syria.

  5. Mohamed Ibn Chambas:

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

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