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 for entail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Entail \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.
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                  A power of breaking the ancient entails, and of
                  alienating their estates.         --Hume.
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     2. Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio. [Obs.] "A
        work of rich entail." --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Entail \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.
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              Allowing them to entail their estates. --Hume.
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              I here entail
              The crown to thee and to thine heirs forever.
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     2. To appoint hereditary possessor. [Obs.]
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              To entail him and his heirs unto the crown. --Shak.
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     3. To cut or carve in an ornamental way. [Obs.]
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              Entailed with curious antics.         --Spenser.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: land received by fee tail
      2: the act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail
         from a fee simple
      v 1: have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means
           that we have to stop taking long showers" [syn: entail,
           imply, mean]
      2: impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or
         result; "What does this move entail?" [syn: entail,
      3: limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of
         heirs [syn: fee-tail, entail]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  104 Moby Thesaurus words for "entail":
     add a codicil, affect, allegorize, allude to, argue, assume,
     be indicative of, be significant of, be symptomatic of, bequeath,
     bequeathal, bequest, bespeak, betoken, birthright, borough-English,
     bring, bring to mind, call for, cause, characterize, coheirship,
     comprise, connote, contain, coparcenary, demand, denominate,
     denote, devise, differentiate, disclose, display, execute a will,
     express, gavelkind, give evidence, give rise to, give token,
     hand down, hand on, heirloom, heirship, hereditament, heritable,
     heritage, heritance, highlight, hint, identify, implicate, imply,
     import, impose, incorporeal hereditament, indicate, infer,
     inheritance, insinuate, intimate, involve, law of succession,
     lead to, leave, legacy, line of succession, make a bequest,
     make a will, manifest, mark, mean, mean to say, mode of succession,
     necessitate, note, occasion, pass on, patrimony,
     point indirectly to, postremogeniture, presume, presuppose,
     primogeniture, require, reveal, reversion, show, signify,
     stand for, subsume, succession, suggest, suppose, symptomatize,
     symptomize, take, take for granted, take in, testify, transmit,
     ultimogeniture, will, will and bequeath, will to

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