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

Synonyms & Antonyms for deceased

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 Many of the deceased, his team concluded, were workhouse inmates. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 Based on that report, police found the deceased victim at the base of the exterior stairwell. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 About an hour after the shooting, the deceased victim was lying on the sidewalk next to a white SUV. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Dec. 2021 The witness said one of those women is the person who authorities say was shot in the chest; the witness said the other is the deceased victim. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 18 Nov. 2021 The Toyota was on fire and fire department personnel discovered a deceased victim inside the vehicle. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2021 The deceased female victim is the 32nd homicide victim in Saint Paul so far this year, police said. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 10 Oct. 2021 The name, age and other identifying information of the deceased victim have not been released pending notification of relatives, police said. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Oct. 2021 The deceased victim was identified as Olivia King, who was a customer at the store. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 27 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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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11 Jan 2022

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“Deceased.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deceased. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for deceased

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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