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deceased

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adjective de·ceased \-ˈsēst\

Definition of deceased

  1. :  no longer living; especially :  recently dead —used of persons <Both of his parents are deceased.> <deceased relatives>

Examples of deceased in a sentence

  1. <the recently deceased tenant was found by a concerned neighbor>

Origin and Etymology of deceased

see decease


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of deceased

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 (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>.

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deceased

noun de·ceased

Definition of deceased

plural

deceased

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

Origin and Etymology of deceased

see decease


First Known Use: 1548



DECEASED Defined for English Language Learners

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deceased

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adjective de·ceased \-ˈsēst\

Definition of deceased for English Language Learners

  • : no longer living


DECEASED Defined for Kids

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deceased

adjective de·ceased \di-ˈsēst\

Definition of deceased for Students

  1. :  no longer living —used of people


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deceased

noun de·ceased

Definition of deceased for Students

plural

deceased

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


Medical Dictionary

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deceased

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adjective de·ceased \-ˈsēst\

Medical Definition of deceased

  1. :  no longer living; especially :  recently dead—used of persons


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deceased

noun de·ceased

Medical Definition of deceased

plural

deceased

  1. :  a dead person <the will of the deceased>



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