en·tail (ĕn-tāl, ĭn-)
tr.v. en·tailed, en·tail·ing, en·tails
1. 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.
2. To limit the inheritance of (property) to a specified succession of heirs.
3. To bestow or impose on a person or a specified succession of heirs.
a. The act of entailing, especially property.
b. The state of being entailed.
2. An entailed estate.
3. A predetermined order of succession, as to an estate or to an office.
4. Something transmitted as if by unalterable inheritance.
[Middle English entaillen, to limit inheritance to specific heirs : en-, intensive pref.; see EN-1 + taille, tail; see TAIL2.]
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