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: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 The film delivers a prismatic retelling of the Cooper saga through four of the case’s prime suspects, all of whom are now deceased. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: 49 years ago, D.B. Cooper became an ideal hero for cynical times. He still is," 25 Nov. 2020 An absentee ballot in Cedarburg is under investigation for voter fraud after an inspector discovered the voter was deceased. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Cedarburg absentee ballot is being investigated for fraud after an inspector discovered the voter was deceased," 18 Nov. 2020 The state also checks to ensure that ballots cast by people who are deceased are not counted. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "List of alleged dead voters in Wayne County does not provide evidence of voter fraud," 7 Nov. 2020 The victim was deceased, and appeared to have been shot, according to authorities. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "Shooting death under investigation in Phenix City," 7 Nov. 2020 In one case, the person was deceased, but the rights coalition unknowingly paid the fees, records show. Lawrence Mower And Langston Taylor, ProPublica, "Celebrities Spent Millions So Florida Felons Could Vote. Will It Make a Difference?," 5 Nov. 2020 The campaign claims to have evidence that people who are deceased and nonresidents of Nevada have cast ballots in the 2020 election. Talia Kaplan, Fox News, "Ken Starr: 2020 election may be remembered as one 'where the ultimate results are called into question'," 5 Nov. 2020 My father, who died of COVID-19 in May, is still deceased and will not return. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Election results, polling errors, judicial elections, COVID-19, school sports," 4 Nov. 2020 The civil rights suit against the county and several jail staffers was filed by the Tashonda Troupe, the mother of the deceased Lamar Catchings. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "Inmate died of leukemia after pleading for help, federal lawsuit claims," 20 Dec. 2020 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 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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The first known use of deceased was in the 15th century

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11 Jan 2021

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“Deceased.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deceased. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for deceased

deceased

adjective
How to pronounce deceased (audio)

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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