Definition of entail in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈtāl/
Pronunciation: /enˈtāl/
[with object]
1Involve (something) as a necessary or inevitable part or consequence: a situation that entails considerable risks
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  • Safeties need to know the entire defensive scheme, even though their jobs don't necessarily entail a lot of adjustments.
  • The new system of logistic support for the Navy will inevitably entail considerable changes in the organizational and staff structure of bases and depots.
  • High bypass criteria necessarily entails a high degree of risk, as we saw today.
involve, necessitate, require, need, demand, call for;
mean, imply;
cause, produce, result in, lead to, give rise to, occasion
1.1 Logic Have as a logically necessary consequence.
Example sentences
  • Most of us think we can always enlarge our knowledge base by accepting things that are entailed by things we know.
  • Indeed, strictly speaking, no such information will ever logically entail that there is an external world, in anything like the way we normally imagine.
  • The last four predicates are equivalent, so they entail the same predicates and are entailed by the same predicates.
2 Law Settle the inheritance of (property) over a number of generations so that ownership remains within a particular group, usually one family: her father’s estate was entailed on a cousin
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  • Within the inalienability of entailed real property was concealed the conversion of Parliamentary seats into a cash value.
  • Fortunes then were large and permanent since they were entailed and in fact the younger branches of the family never married.
2.1 archaic Cause to experience or possess in a way perceived as permanent or inescapable: I cannot get rid of the disgrace that you have entailed upon us


Pronunciation: /ˈenˌtāl/
1A settlement of the inheritance of property over a number of generations so that it remains within a family or other group.
Example sentences
  • The greater aristocracy built up their estates, often in several counties, and protected them from the follies of spendthrift heirs by the entail or strict settlement.
  • One form of old settlement was regarded by the Law Commission as inappropriate in modern law and cannot now be created in any form: that settlement is the entail.
  • In Prussia, or Spain before 1836, perpetual entails prevented the break-up of large estates.
1.1A property that is bequeathed under such conditions.



Pronunciation: /inˈtālmənt/ Pronunciation: /enˈtālmənt/
Example sentences
  • Individuals cannot choose their physical and cultural heritage, but they can choose to deny or moderate the structural entailments of this heritage.
  • When you say that, it has a bunch of entailments.
  • The positing of axioms has a direct parallel with Acts of ethical commitment: once made, both result in strict logical entailments, but neither are grounded in anything.


Late Middle English (referring to settlement of property; formerly also as intail): from en-1, in-2 'into' + Old French taille 'notch, tax' (see tail2).

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Syllabification: en·tail

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