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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To have, impose, or require as a necessary accompaniment or consequence: The investment entailed a high risk. The proposition X is a rose entails the proposition X is a flower because all roses are flowers.
  • transitive v. To limit the inheritance of (property) to a specified succession of heirs.
  • transitive v. To bestow or impose on a person or a specified succession of heirs.
  • n. The act of entailing, especially property.
  • n. The state of being entailed.
  • n. An entailed estate.
  • n. A predetermined order of succession, as to an estate or to an office.
  • n. Something transmitted as if by unalterable inheritance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which is entailed. Hence:
  • n. Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.
  • v. To imply or require.
  • v. To settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a person and his descendants or a certain line of descendants; -- said especially of an estate; to bestow as a heritage.
  • v. (obsolete) To appoint hereditary possessor.
  • v. (obsolete) To cut or carve in an ornamental way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is entailed.
  • n. An estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a particular class of issue.
  • n. The rule by which the descent is fixed.
  • n. Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.
  • transitive v. To settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a person and his descendants or a certain line of descendants; -- said especially of an estate; to bestow as an heritage.
  • transitive v. To appoint hereditary possessor.
  • transitive v. To cut or carve in an ornamental way.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut; carve for ornament.
  • In law, to limit and restrict the descent of (lands and tenements) by gift to a man and to a specified line of heirs, by settlement in such wise that neither the donee nor any subsequent possessor can alienate or bequeath it: as, to entail a manor to A. B. and to his eldest son, or to his heirs of his body begotten, or to his heirs by a particular wife. See entail, n., 3.
  • Hence To fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a person and his descendants; transmit in an unalterable course; devolve as an unavoidable consequence.
  • To bring about; cause to ensue or accrue; induce; involve or draw after itself.
  • n. . Engraved or carved work; intaglio; inlay.
  • n. Shape; that which is carved or shaped.
  • n. In law: The limitation of land to certain members of a particular family or line of descent; a prescribed order of successive inheritances, voluntarily created, to keep land in the family undivided; the rule of descent settled for an estate.
  • n. An estate entailed or limited to particular heirs; an estate given to a man and his heirs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have as a logical consequence
  • n. the act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail from a fee simple
  • v. limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs
  • n. land received by fee tail
  • v. impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result

Etymologies

Middle English entaillen, to limit inheritance to specific heirs : en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + taille, tail; see tail2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English entaile ("carving"), from Old French entaille ("incision"), from entailler ("to cut away"); from prefix en- + tailler ("to cut"), from Late Latin taliare, from Latin talea. Compare late Latin feudum talliatum ("a fee entailed, i.e., curtailed or limited"). (Wiktionary)

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