1 land received by fee tail
2 the act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail from a fee simple
1 have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers" [syn: imply, mean]
2 impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result; "What does this move entail?" [syn: implicate]
3 limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs [syn: fee-tail]
- Rhymes: -eɪl
EtymologyFrom entaile carving from entaille, French, an incision, from entailler to cut away; prefix en- Latin + tailler to cut; late Latin feudum talliatum a fee entailed, i. e., curtailed or limited.
- That which is entailed. Hence:
- An estate in fee
entailed, or limited in
descent to a particular class of issue.
- The rule by which the descent is fixed.
- A power of breaking the ancient entails, and of alienating their estates. — Hume.
- An estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a particular class of issue.
- Delicately carved
- A work of rich entail. — Spenser.
- 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 an heritage.
- Allowing them to entail their estates. — Hume.
- I here entail The crown to thee and to thine heirs forever. — Shakespeare
- To appoint hereditary possessor.
- To entail him and his heirs unto the crown. — Shakespeare
- To cut or carve in a ornamental way.
- Entailed with curious antics. — Spenser.
Entail (from French tailler, to cut; the old derivation from tales haeredes is now abandoned).
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