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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]

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From 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.
    • A work of rich entail. — Spenser.


en-verb entailing
  1. To imply or require.
    This activity will entail careful attention to detail.
  2. 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
  3. To appoint hereditary possessor.
    • To entail him and his heirs unto the crown. — Shakespeare
  4. To cut or carve in a ornamental way.
    • Entailed with curious antics. — Spenser.

Derived terms


to imply or require


Extensive Definition

Entail (from French tailler, to cut; the old derivation from tales haeredes is now abandoned).


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