deceased

adjective
de·​ceased | \-ˈsēst \

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

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

Researchers compared genetic analyses of 700 human brains from deceased individuals who had one of those three disorders, major depression or alcoholism (columns) with brains of individuals who had none of the conditions. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "The Same Genes May Underlie Different Psychiatric Disorders," 12 July 2018 In a major blow to Facebook, Germany's Federal Court of Justice on Thursday ruled that the parents of a deceased teenager can access the information on their daughter's social media account. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Parents Have Right to Access Dead Daughter's Facebook Account, German Court Rules," 12 July 2018 But Adora's constant judgement doesn't slow down Camille, who heads straight to the Nash's home to talk to the father of the deceased Ann. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Sharp Objects Premiere Recap: Home Is Where The Murder Is," 9 July 2018 Veterinary services determined the kitten was deceased. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "The details of 40 animal deaths, injuries, losses aboard US airlines," 15 Mar. 2018 The two have spent many hot New Orleans days in the city's cemeteries, watching over the long deceased and preparing graves for the newly passed. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Over 10,000 days of life spent digging graves for New Orleans' dead," 29 May 2018 The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting that an electrician was found deceased and laying across a fence near the U.S. 69. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "New Caney man electrocuted in Cleveland," 1 May 2018 Today’s directors are committed to helping family and friends design services that uniquely reflect the deceased and celebrate life. chicagotribune.com, "Funeral directors: A modern approach," 1 May 2018 Upon arrival at the home Katie and Steven had shared before their arrests, authorities discovered their son deceased and alone, Capps said. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Incest Suspect Accused of Impregnating Daughter Kills Her and Their Infant Son in Murder-Suicide," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 \

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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