entailment

noun

en·​tail·​ment in-ˈtāl-mənt How to pronounce entailment (audio)
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plural entailments
: the act or an instance of entailing something
specifically, estate law : the act or an instance of restricting the inheritance of property to the owner's lineal descendants or to a particular class thereof
They came from places where for centuries, economic development had been hindered because nobles controlled most of the land. Which was passed down by primogeniture and entailment, generation after generation, to the eldest son. Brooke Harrington
She recognizes one of the men …, a poor farmer whom Atticus has been helping practically gratis to fight the entailment on his land. Sara Holdren

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1641, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of entailment was circa 1641

Dictionary Entries Near entailment

Cite this Entry

“Entailment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entailment. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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