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[v. en-teyl; n. en-teyl, en-teyl] /v. ɛnˈteɪl; n. ɛnˈteɪl, ˈɛn teɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause or involve by necessity or as a consequence:
a loss entailing no regret.
2.
to impose as a burden:
Success entails hard work.
3.
Law. to limit the passage of (a landed estate) to a specified line of heirs, so that it cannot be alienated, devised, or bequeathed.
4.
Law. to cause (anything) to descend to a fixed series of possessors.
noun
5.
the act of entailing.
6.
Law. the state of being entailed.
7.
any predetermined order of succession, as to an office.
8.
Law. something that is entailed, as an estate.
9.
Law. the rule of descent settled for an estate.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English entailen (v.), entail (noun). See en-1, tail2
Related forms
entailer, noun
entailment, noun
nonentailed, adjective
preentail, verb (used with object)
unentailed, adjective
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  • The field work would have entailed working with biologists at the marine sanctuary to monitor oceanic life and activity.
  • The high mutation rate that this would have entailed may have been instrumental in the evolution of the egg.
  • Some of the post-9/11 changes have entailed increased regulation.
  • The control group did a more conventional cognitive learning program that entailed viewing educational videos on art and history.
  • Importantly, these occupations varied along one dimension: the extent to which the job entailed interaction with children.
  • At first, his job entailed identifying and logging game bugs.
  • One test entailed keeping the thighs together while using the machine.
  • To print a sermon gave it a second life, but it commonly entailed all the pangs of a new birth.
  • The transit to the new home across the wide and unsettled plains and mountains was a huge undertaking and entailed much hardship.
  • The job entailed running a bilingual elementary school, hosting student teachers, and teaching at the college.
British Dictionary definitions for entailed

entail

/ɪnˈteɪl/
verb (transitive)
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
noun
4.
(property law)
  1. the restriction imposed by entailing an estate
  2. an estate that has been entailed
Derived Forms
entailer, noun
Word Origin
C14: entaillen, from en-1 + taille limitation, tail²
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Word Origin and History for entailed

entail

v.

mid-14c., "convert (an estate) into 'fee tail' (feudum talliatum)," from en- (1) "make" + taile "legal limitation," especially of inheritance, ruling who succeeds in ownership and preventing it from being sold off, from Anglo-French taile, Old French taillie, past participle of taillier "allot, cut to shape," from Late Latin taliare. Sense of "have consequences" is 1829, from notion of "inseparable connection." Related: Entailed; entailling.

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Encyclopedia Article for entailed

entail

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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