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[en-teyl-muh nt] /ɛnˈteɪl mənt/
the act or fact of entailing, or involving by necessity or as a consequence:
The logical entailment of this approach is that the right way to design a curriculum is to make it free of bias.
something involved as a necessary part or consequence of something:
Long hours of work are an entailment of the job.
Linguistics. a relationship between two sentences such that if the first is true, the second must also be true, as in Her son drives her to work every day and Her son knows how to drive .
Origin of entailment
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preentailment, noun Unabridged
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  • The emancipated Negro struggles up to-day against many obstacles, the entailment of a brutal slavery.

    The Negro Problem Booker T. Washington, et al.
  • Were Canaan's posterity to endure the entailment of its disabilities and woes, until the end of time?

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
British Dictionary definitions for entailment


the act of entailing or the condition of being entailed
(philosophy, logic)
  1. a relationship between propositions such that one must be true if the others are
  2. a proposition whose truth depends on such a relationship Usual symbol See fish-hook (sense 2)
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