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!

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

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