Descendants vs Entail - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between descendants and entail

is that descendants is (descendant) while entail is that which is entailed hence:.

As a verb entail is

to imply or require.




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    (en verb)
  • To imply or require.
  • This activity will entail careful attention to detail.
  • 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 a heritage.
  • * Allowing them to entail their estates. — .
  • * I here entail The crown to thee and to thine heirs forever. — Shakespeare
  • (obsolete) To appoint hereditary possessor.
  • * To entail him and his heirs unto the crown. — Shakespeare
  • (obsolete) To cut or carve in an ornamental way.
  • * Entailed with curious antics. — .
  • Derived terms

    * entailment


    (en noun)
  • 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. — .
  • (obsolete) Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.
  • * A work of rich entail. — .
  • References

    (Webster 1913)