Legal Definition of entail
- fee tail
Definition of entail
From Old English entaile ("carving") from Old French entaille, French, an incision, from entailler ("to cut away"); prefix en- Latin + tailler ("to cut"); late Latin feudum talliatum a fee entailed, i. e., curtailed or limited.
entail (plural entails)
- That which is entailed. Hence:
An estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a particular class of issue.
The rule by which the descent is fixed.
* A power of breaking the ancient entails, and of alienating their estates. - David Hume.
- (obsolete) Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.
* A work of rich entail. - Edmund Spenser.
to entail (third-person singular simple present entails, present participle entailing, simple past and past participle entailed)
- (transitive) To imply or require.
This activity will entail careful attention to detail.
- (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 an heritage.
* Allowing them to entail their estates. - David Hume.
* I here entail The crown to thee and to thine heirs forever. - Shakespeare
- (transitive) (obsolete) To appoint hereditary possessor.
* To entail him and his heirs unto the crown. - Shakespeare
- (transitive) (obsolete) To cut or carve in a ornamental way.
* Entailed with curious antics. - Edmund Spenser.
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