entailment

noun
en·​tail·​ment | \ in-ˈtāl-mənt How to pronounce entailment (audio) , en- \
plural entailments

Definition of entailment

: 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

First Known Use of entailment

circa 1641, in the meaning defined above

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“Entailment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entailment. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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