Definitions for: Entail

[n] land received by fee tail
[v] impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result; "What does this move entail?"
[v] have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

Webster (1913) Definition: En*tail", n. [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.]
1. That which is entailed. Hence: (Law)
(a) An estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a
particular class of issue.
(b) The rule by which the descent is fixed.

A power of breaking the ancient entails, and of
alienating their estates. --Hume.

2. Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio. [Obs.] ``A
work of rich entail.'' --Spenser.

En*tail", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Entailed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Entailing.] [OE. entailen to carve, OF. entailler. See
Entail, n.]
1. 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. --Hume.

I here entail The crown to thee and to thine heirs
forever. --Shak.

2. To appoint hereditary possessor. [Obs.]

To entail him and his heirs unto the crown. --Shak.

3. To cut or carve in a ornamental way. [Obs.]

Entailed with curious antics. --Spenser.

Synonyms: implicate, imply, mean

See Also: acres, bring about, demesne, estate, land, landed estate, necessitate

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