cestui que vie

\ -ˈvē \
plural cestuis que vie

Definition of cestui que vie

1 : the person whose life measures the duration of an estate
2 : the person on whose life an insurance policy is written

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History and Etymology for cestui que vie

Anglo-French, literally, he for whose lifetime (something is held)

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“Cestui que vie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cestui%20que%20vie. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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