entail

Entail means what something involves. "The job entailed us standing in the snow for hours dressed as giant, human hot dogs. It entailed far too much humiliation to justify the $3.55 an hour we were paid."

The word entail is connected to the idea of preconditions. If you want something, you better figure out what it entails. If we want to see the movie at 9 o'clock, that will entail us waiting in the lobby another hour. If we want to stay out of trouble with our moms, that will entail us calling them and letting them know we're going to be later than we said.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: entail

1
v
have as a logical consequence
2
vn
limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs
land received by fee tail
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: entail
1

v have as a logical consequence

Synonyms:
imply, mean
Type of:
necessitate
cause to be a concomitant

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

“What does this move entail?”
Synonyms:
implicate
Type of:
lead
tend to or result in
2

v limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

Synonyms:
fee-tail
Type of:
bequeath, leave, will
leave or give by will after one's death

n land received by fee tail

Type of:
acres, demesne, estate, land, landed estate
extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use

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

Type of:
change
the action of changing something

WORD FORMS

vv
have as a logical consequence
limit the inheritance of property to specific heirs
1 entail
n
land received by fee tail
2 entail
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