|1.||to bring about or impose by necessity; have as a necessary consequence: this task entails careful thought|
|2.||property law to restrict (the descent of an estate) to a designated line of heirs|
|3.||logic to have as a necessary consequence|
|a. the restriction imposed by entailing an estate|
|b. an estate that has been entailed|
|[C14: entaillen, from |
in feudal English law, an interest in land bound up inalienably in the grantee and then forever to his direct descendants. A basic condition of entail was that if the grantee died without direct descendants the land reverted to the grantor. The concept, feudal in origin, supported a landed aristocracy because it served to prevent the disintegration of large estates through divisible inheritance or the lack of heirs. Statutory reforms in England now permit the owner to convey the entailed land by a simple deed and even by will
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