entail




To entail is to involve. A job at a movie theater might entail sweeping popcorn off the floor, probably because watching a movie entails eating popcorn in the dark. It’s a small price to pay!

The word entail, which comes from Latin, is connected to the idea of preconditions. If you want something, you better figure out what it entails. If it’s only 8 o’clock and you want to see a movie at 9, that will entail waiting for an hour. If you want to stay out of trouble, that will entail calling your parents and letting them know you’re going to be late. That’s what being responsible entails!

Definitions of entail
  1. verb

    have as a logical consequence

    synonyms:
    imply, mean
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    type of:

    necessitate

    cause to be a concomitant

  2. verb

    impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result

    “What does this move
    entail?”
    synonyms:
    implicate
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    type of:

    lead

    tend to or result in

  3. verb

    limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

    synonyms:
    fee-tail
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    type of:

    bequeath, leave, will

    leave or give by will after one’s death

  4. noun

    land received by fee tail

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    type of:

    acres, demesne, estate, land, landed estate

    extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use

  5. noun

    the act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail from a fee simple

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    type of:

    change

    the action of changing something

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