deceased

adjective
de·​ceased | \ di-ˈsēst How to pronounce deceased (audio) \

Definition of deceased

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: no longer living especially : recently dead used of persons Both of his parents are deceased. deceased relatives

deceased

noun
plural deceased

Definition of deceased (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dead person the will of the deceased did not release the deceased's name until his family had been notified

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Synonyms & Antonyms for deceased

Synonyms: Adjective

asleep, breathless, cold, dead, defunct, demised, departed, fallen, gone, late, lifeless, low

Antonyms: Adjective

alive, animate, breathing, going, live, living, quick

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Adjective

dead, defunct, deceased, departed, late mean devoid of life. dead applies literally to what is deprived of vital force but is used figuratively of anything that has lost any attribute (such as energy, activity, radiance) suggesting life. a dead, listless performance defunct stresses cessation of active existence or operation. a defunct television series deceased, departed, and late apply to persons who have died recently. deceased is the preferred term in legal use. the estate of the deceased departed is used usually as a euphemism. our departed sister late is used especially with reference to a person in a specific relation or status. the company's late president

Examples of deceased in a Sentence

Adjective

the recently deceased tenant was found by a concerned neighbor

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For some, being close to family and basking in the holiday traditions that their deceased loved ones appreciated is comforting. Dixie Lincoln-nichols, SELF, "5 Ways I Learned to Deal With Grief During the Holidays," 21 Nov. 2018 However, over the course of my now-deceased husband’s treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a wonderful harpist was often in the lobby or on patient floors. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine," 13 July 2018 Ballard leaders including litigation chief (and future chairman) Arthur Makadon (now deceased) asked Kaplinsky to build a bank regulatory and consumer finance practice. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Ballard's Alan Kaplinsky: In 48 years of helping banks, Trump's the best," 21 June 2018 Such self-awareness has been hard-earned through therapy that has helped Bones understand a childhood burdened by poverty, an absent father and a mother (now deceased) who abused drugs and alcohol. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Bobby Bones Reveals He Met with His Estranged Father: 'I Probably Wanted to Do It My Whole Life'," 15 June 2018 Cano Pacheco's father, now deceased, ran an auto repair shop where Cano-Pacheco spent a lot of time. Marlena Baldacci And Ralph Ellis, CNN, "Teenager from Iowa killed after ICE returns him to Mexico," 8 June 2018 Well, instead of hopping on the back of Lou’s hog, Debbie was, sigh, visiting her brother—the now deceased Danny Ocean (George Clooney)—at his gravesite. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Ocean’s 8: The Agony and Ecstasy of All That Unresolved Sexual Tension," 8 June 2018 Between Worlds follows Joe (Cage), a down-on-his-luck truck driver haunted by the memory of his deceased wife and child. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes: Saban Picks Up Nicolas Cage Thriller 'Between Worlds'," 15 May 2018 Massachusetts State Police identified the deceased as Sean Gannon, an officer from the Yarmouth Police Department. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Suspect accused of killing Massachusetts cop had 111 prior offenses," 2 Oct. 2018

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GEDMatch is one of the databases used by the DNA Doe project, a non-profit that works to name the deceased who remain unidentified. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Privacy concerns after public genealogy database used to ID "Golden State Killer" suspect," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of deceased

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deceased

Adjective

see decease

Noun

see decease

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deceased

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of deceased

: no longer living

deceased

adjective
de·​ceased | \ di-ˈsēst\

Kids Definition of deceased

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: no longer living used of people

deceased

noun
plural deceased

Kids Definition of deceased (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dead person A lawyer read the deceased's will.

deceased

adjective
de·​ceased | \ -ˈsēst How to pronounce deceased (audio) \

Medical Definition of deceased

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: no longer living especially : recently dead used of persons

deceased

noun
plural deceased

Medical Definition of deceased (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dead person the will of the deceased

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