• WordNet 3.6
    • v entail limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs
    • v entail impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result "What does this move entail?"
    • v entail have as a logical consequence "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
    • n entail the act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail from a fee simple
    • n entail land received by fee tail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Entail (Law) An estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a particular class of issue.
    • Entail Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio. "A work of rich entail ."
    • Entail That which is entailed.
    • Entail (Law) The rule by which the descent is fixed.
    • Entail To appoint hereditary possessor. "To entail him and his heirs unto the crown."
    • Entail To cut or carve in an ornamental way. "Entailed with curious antics."
    • Entail 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. "Allowing them to entail their estates.""I here entail The crown to thee and to thine heirs forever."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • entail To cut; carve for ornament.
    • entail 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.
    • entail 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.
    • entail To bring about; cause to ensue or accrue; induce; involve or draw after itself.
    • n entail Engraved or carved work; intaglio; inlay.
    • n entail Shape; that which is carved or shaped.
    • n entail 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 entail An estate entailed or limited to particular heirs; an estate given to a man and his heirs. The word is now, however, often loosely used, since strict entails are obsolete, to indicate the giving of property to one or to two successively for life with suspension of power of alienation meanwhile. By early English law, as fully established under the Norman conquest, a feoffment or grant of land to “A and the heirs of his body” created an entail, so that neither A nor any successive heir taking under the grant could alien the land; and if the line of heirs failed, the land reverted to the lord who made the grant, or his heirs. In course of time the inconveniences of the restriction on alienation led the courts to hold that such a gift must be understood not as a gift to the heirs after A, but to A on condition that he should have heirs; in other words, that the heirs could not claim as donees under the feoffment, but only as heirs under A, and that hence A took a fee, which, if he had heirs of his body, became absolute, and enabled him to alien the land. This practical abolition of entails by the courts was followed by the statute of Westminster of 1285, known as the statute de Donis Conditionalibus, which enacted that the will of the donor in such gifts according to the form manifestly expressed should be observed, so that such a grantee should have no power to alien. Under this act, which reestablished entails, a large part of the land in England was fettered by such grants. The courts, still disfavoring entails, termed the estate thus granted a fee tail (see tail), and sustained alienations by the tenant in tall, subject, however, to the right of the heirs in tail, or, if none, of the lord, to enter on the death of the tenant who had conveyed. (See base fee, under fee.) They subsequently also sanctioned absolute alienations by allowing the tenant in tail to have an action brought against him in which he collusively suffered the plaintiff to recover the land. (See fine, recovery, and Taltarum's case, under case.) In 1833 a direct deed was substituted by statute for this fiction. The object of entails is now, to some extent, secured by family or marriage settlements, which are often, but inaccurately, spoken of as if effecting entails. In most if not all of the United States, and in Canada, entails have been abolished, either as in England or by statutes declaring that words which would formerly create an entail create a fee simple, or, as in some States, a life estate with remainder in fee simple to heirs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Entail en-tāl′ (Spens.) to carve.
    • v.t Entail en-tāl′ to settle an estate on a series of heirs, so that the immediate possessor may not dispose of it: to bring on as an inevitable consequence
    • pr.p Entail entail′ing; pa.p. entailed′
    • n Entail an estate entailed: the rule of descent of an estate
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  • Wayne Dyer
    “The concept of boredom entails an inability to use up present moments in a personally fulfilling way.”
  • Michel Foucault
    “Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.”
  • Leo Buscaglia
    “If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. entaile, carving, OF. entaille, F., an incision, fr. entailler, to cut away; pref. en-,L. in,) + tailler, to cut; LL. feudum talliatum, a fee entailed, i. e., curtailed or limited. See Tail limitation, Tailor


In literature:

They were simply enslaved, and suffered the poverty and misery which were entailed by war.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
France had now become weary of a war which brought so little glory and entailed such vast expense.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume X" by John Lord
But sacrilege is entailed upon him.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
Every form of charity, public or private, discriminate or indiscriminate, entails some evil consequences.
"Problems of Poverty" by John A. Hobson
It is in the midst of this that an irredeemable and depreciated paper currency is entailed upon the people by a large portion of the banks.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
Tom Hammond had grumbled at first at the labor which this freak of his masters entailed.
"Jack Archer" by G. A. Henty
To care more than the adversary entails worry and vexation; to care less makes a burden of it, and a bore.
"M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."" by G.J. Whyte-Melville
He sees on every hand that a change of dimensions frequently entails a change of design.
"Industrial Progress and Human Economics" by James Hartness
Were Canaan's posterity to endure the entailment of its disabilities and woes, until the end of time?
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
I have entailed upon myself everlasting agony and despair!
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin

In poetry:

The entail broken
What had he?
The humour of one
Out of his degree.
"Jackdaw" by Padraic Colum
Through every play-thing that we've gone,
A man may quit them all but one;
Others, like flimzy chattels, fail,
But she's a freehold with entail.
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton
And you who taste the sweets of love,
Your present bliss enjoying;
Know that while pleasure spreads her sail,
Some latent grief she may entail,
Your future peace destroying.
"On The Fading Enjoyments Of Time" by Elizabeth Bath
Whatever he would dictate I writ that,
But burnt her letters when she writ to me ;
And if that favour made him fat,
I said, "If any title be
Convey'd by this, ah ! what doth it avail,
To be the fortieth name in an entail?"
"Love's Diet" by John Donne

In news:

The methodology of the process entails following steps: 1.
Below is a brief description of what those services entail.
A month ago, I changed to an unlisted number, which entailed.
The project entails constructing a sixth cell at the Lake Ontelaunee residual landfill .
The $11 million project that entailed fixing up vacant lots along John Street, Gay Street, and Weisser Park, lets residents lease for 15 years, and then buy the homes at a reduced cost.
It did not say what sanctions might entail.
Republicans say photo ID laws prevent fraud, while opponents say they entail voter suppression — for objective journalism.
When Barthel was building the couple's main house, in the 1980's, the plan entailed building a tree house for their two children to play in.
Although fun, wedding planning can entail difficult decisions, especially when it comes to the guest list.
Significant portions of the Catholic Church in the United States appear committed to the proposition that the only acceptable political manifestation of being a Catholic entails embracing the Republican Party.
The project entails building a two-story, 85,340-sq-ft building.
He sets forth the basic rules and relationships of each model, which entails qualifying the "true" trend as measured by volume and swing points that confirm or draw suspicion to the created trend.
Of course, that's precisely what accepting the American Cinematheque's award at the Beverly Hilton entails.
This strategy entails reviewing every aspect of your alcohol service and ensuring there are responsible policies and procedures in place.
Strategies for reusing existing space can entail changing only selected areas to dramatically improve the efficiency of the entire building.

In science:

This entails in particular that at short brane distances space becomes noncommutative .
Renormalization of noncommutative U(N) gauge theories
Since there always exists j such that the monomials in the last expression are irreducible, we must have rα = sβ = 0 and rβ + sα = 0, that entails that either r and s or α and β must be zero, which is impossible.
Number Operator Algebras
Let us show that Vk a+ i ⊂ Vk−1 for all i, which clearly entails (H2 ).
Number Operator Algebras
Then prediction 1 of quantum theory entails that R2+ must have already appeared in R prior to time T .
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
The fact that A(R2) is true and A(R1) is false entails a certain nonlocal connection.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature