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[n] land received by fee tail
[v] impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result; "What does this move entail?"
[v] have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

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implicate, imply, mean

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\En*tail"\, n. [OE. entaile carving, OF. entaille, F., an incision, fr. entailler to cut away; pref. en- (L. in) + tailler to cut; LL. feudum talliatum a fee entailed, i. e., curtailed or limited. See {Tail} limitation, {Tailor}.]
1. That which is entailed. Hence: (Law) (a) An estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a particular class of issue. (b) The rule by which the descent is fixed. A power of breaking the ancient entails, and of alienating their estates. --Hume.
2. Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio. [Obs.] ``A work of rich entail.'' --Spenser.
\En*tail"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Entailed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Entailing}.] [OE. entailen to carve, OF. entailler. See {Entail}, n.]
1. 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. --Hume. I here entail The crown to thee and to thine heirs forever. --Shak.
2. To appoint hereditary possessor. [Obs.] To entail him and his heirs unto the crown. --Shak.
3. To cut or carve in a ornamental way. [Obs.] Entailed with curious antics. --Spenser.

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