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1entail

verb en·tail \in-ˈtāl, en-\

: to have (something) as a part, step, or result

Full Definition of ENTAIL

transitive verb
1
:  to restrict (property) by limiting the inheritance to the owner's lineal descendants or to a particular class thereof
2
a :  to confer, assign, or transmit (something) for an indefinitely long time :  to confer, assign, or transmit as if by entail <entailed on them indelible disgrace — Robert Browning>
b :  to fix (a person) permanently in some condition or status <entail him and his heirs unto the crown — Shakespeare>
3
:  to impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result <the project will entail considerable expense>
en·tail·er \-ˈtā-lər\ noun
en·tail·ment \-ˈtāl-mənt\ noun

Examples of ENTAIL

  1. He accepted the responsibility, with all that it entails.
  2. <a lavish wedding entails extensive planning and often staggering expense>
  3. Pregnancy involves the bodily dependence of the unborn child on its mother; in many cases, it entails a significant physical burden. —Cathleen Kaveny, Commonweal, 4 May 2007

Origin of ENTAIL

Middle English entailen, entaillen, from 1en- + taile, taille limitation — more at tail
First Known Use: 14th century

2entail

noun en·tail \ˈen-ˌtāl, in-ˈtāl\

Definition of ENTAIL

1
a :  a restriction especially of lands by limiting the inheritance to the owner's lineal descendants or to a particular class thereof
b :  an entailed (see 1entail) estate
2
:  something transmitted as if by entail

Origin of ENTAIL

(see 1entail)
First Known Use: 14th century

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