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Definition of the noun entail

What does entail mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: entails

  1. land received by fee tail
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic terms: acres / demesne / estate / land / landed estate = extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use
  2. the act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail from a fee simple
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: change = the action of changing something

Alternative definition of the noun entail


  1. That which is entailed. Hence
  2. [obsolete] Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.

Definition of the verb entail

What does entail mean as a doing word?

Entail is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: entailed | entailing | entails

  1. have as a logical consequence
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of entail: imply / mean
    • more generic word: necessitate = cause to be a concomitant
  2. impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result
    • example: What does this move entail?
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of entail: implicate
    • more generic word: lead = tend to or result in
  3. limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

Alternative definition of the verb entail


  1. [transitive] To imply or require.
  2. [transitive] 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.
  3. [transitive] [obsolete] To appoint hereditary possessor.
  4. [transitive] [obsolete] To cut or carve in an ornamental way.

Definition of the verb entail for high school students

    to include as a necessary step
    • example: Building a new fence entails tearing down the old one.

The verb entail is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for entail

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Google previewCitizen-Consumers and Evolution (2012)

Reducing Environmental Harm through Our Social Motivation by Mikael Klintman

But again,thematerial motivation approach is consistent with theview thatsociety maydevelop policy schemesthat makesuch rationality entail means orside effects through which negative externalities (suchasecological harm) are reduced.

Google previewTreatise on Basic Philosophy: Volume 6 (1983)

Epistemology & Methodology II: Understanding the World by Mario BUNGE

entail is that truth is no substitute for usefulness or conversely, whence the search for truth is not the same as the search for usefulness. In particular, science is not identical with technology. In a way the latter is more demanding than the ...

Google previewKnowledge Acquisition for Expert Systems (2012)

A Practical Handbook by A. Kidd

ENTAIL is a logical analysis of the construct system taking the expert's distinctions to be fuzzy predicates (Gaines, 1976, Zadeh, 1972). The entailment structure it generates can be used as a decision tree expressing the relationship between ...

Google previewScots and its Literature (1996)

by J. Derrick McClure

As is usual with Galt, The Entail is a social documentary novel: the careful dating of events in the narrative by references to actual history, the passing comments on developments in trade, commerce, agriculture, and even sartorial fashions, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

ENTAIL. m. s. [feudeum talliatum, from the French entaille, cut, from tailler, to cut.) 1. The estate entailed or settled, with regard to the rule of its descent. 2. The rule of descent settled for any estate. 3. Engraver's work; inlay. Obsolete.- Well ...

Google previewA Law Dictionary Containing Definitions of the Terms and Phrases of American and English Jurisprudence, Ancient and Modern ... (1995)

by Henry Campbell Black

ENTAIL, v. To settle or limit the succession to real property ; to create an estate tail. ENTAIL, n. A fee abridged or limited to the Issue, or certain classes of issue, instead of descending to all the heirs. 1 Washb. Real Prop. 66; Cowell; 2 BL Comm ...

Google previewChambers's encyclopaedia (1900)

a dictionary of universal knowledge by David Patrick, William Geddie

ENTAIL ENTERITIS 387 clauses — Le. clauses declaring the act of alienation to be null, and to infer the forfeiture of the estate. The form thus adopted, which resembles closely the form of the 1 Ionian deed already noticed, was fortified by a ...

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Entail Meaning

Video shows what entail means. To imply or require.. To settle or fix inalienably on a person or thing, or on a person and his descendants or a certain line of ...

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All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this. (Miyamoto Musashi)
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Scrabble value of E1N1T1A1I1L1

The value of this 6-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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