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Curtail vs. Entail

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  • Curtail (verb)

    To cut short the tail of an animal

    "Curtailing horses procured long horse-hair."

  • Curtail (verb)

    To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate.

    "When the audience grew restless, the speaker curtailed her speech."

  • Curtail (verb)

    To limit or restrict, keep in check.

  • Curtail (noun)

    A scroll termination, as of a step, etc.

  • Entail (verb)

    To imply or require.

    "This activity will entail careful attention to detail."

  • Entail (verb)

    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.

  • Entail (verb)

    To appoint hereditary possessor.

  • Entail (verb)

    To cut or carve in an ornamental way.

  • Entail (noun)

    That which is entailed. Hence:

  • Entail (noun)

    An estate in fee entailed, or limited in descent to a particular class of issue.

  • Entail (noun)

    Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Curtail

    To cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to abridge; to diminish; to reduce.

  • Curtail (noun)

    The scroll termination of any architectural member, as of a step, etc.

  • Entail (noun)

    That which is entailed.

  • Entail (noun)

    Delicately carved ornamental work; intaglio.

  • Entail

    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.

  • Entail

    To appoint hereditary possessor.

  • Entail

    To cut or carve in an ornamental way.

Webster Dictionary
  • Curtail (verb)

    place restrictions on;

    "curtail drinking in school"

  • Curtail (verb)

    terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent;

    "My speech was cut short"

    "Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries"

  • Entail (noun)

    land received by fee tail

  • Entail (noun)

    the act of entailing property; the creation of a fee tail from a fee simple

  • Entail (verb)

    have as a logical consequence;

    "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

  • Entail (verb)

    impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result;

    "What does this move entail?"

  • Entail (verb)

    limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

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