[v. en-teyl; n. en-teyl, en-teyl]
verb (used with object)
to cause or involve by necessity or as a consequence: a loss entailing no regret.
to impose as a burden: Success entails hard work.
Law. to limit the passage of (a landed estate) to a specified line of heirs, so that it cannot be alienated, devised, or bequeathed.
Law. to cause (anything) to descend to a fixed series of possessors.
the act of entailing.
Law. the state of being entailed.
any predetermined order of succession, as to an office.
Law. something that is entailed, as an estate.
Law. the rule of descent settled for an estate.

1350–1400; Middle English entailen (v.), entail (noun). See en-1, tail2

entailer, noun
entailment, noun
nonentailed, adjective
preentail, verb (used with object)
unentailed, adjective
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entail (ɪnˈteɪl)
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
4.  property law
 a.  the restriction imposed by entailing an estate
 b.  an estate that has been entailed
[C14: entaillen, from en-1 + taille limitation, tail²]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "convert (an estate) into 'fee tail' (feudum talliatum)," from en- "make" + taile "legal limitation," especially of inheritance, ruling who succeeds in ownership and preventing it from being sold off, from Anglo-Fr. taile, from O.Fr. taillie, pp. of taillier "allot, cut to shape," from L.L.
taliare. Sense of "have consequences" is 1829, from notion of "inseparable connection."
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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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Example sentences
If the opposition were to win, it would not entail a radical departure from
  current policies.
Rose isn't sure what her new role as big sister will entail.
Neither company offered details on when the services would debut or what they
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The reception, she predicted, would entail “a couple of beers”
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