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

One of the complainants, Mario Francini, said stacking containers was disrespectful to the deceased and potentially unsafe because each container could only hold up to about 250 pounds. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Two Arizona funeral directors lose licenses after allegations that crematory stacked containers of bodies," 4 June 2019 The first of the funerals for the deceased in the shooting was held on Sunday. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Texans star J.J. Watt visits Santa Fe shooting survivors as they recover from their injuries," 22 May 2018 The identities of the deceased and critically injured patient are being withheld pending further investigation, the news release said. D. Kwas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "1 killed, 1 critically injured in Beaver Dam apartment fire," 8 Apr. 2018 While their graves at Eglington and Woodbury have no visible markers, the names of the deceased and the location of each grave are recorded and available to visitors — as unlikely as that prospect may seem. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "They died alone. No one has claimed their remains. But soon, they will be laid to rest.," 16 Feb. 2018 Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and her family. CBS News, "Woman dies, another goes missing after falling from separate Carnival cruise ship balconies," 22 Jan. 2018 She's charged with felony counts of first-degree murder after deliberation and tampering with a deceased human body in the death of William Mussack, District Attorney Dave Young said. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Colorado woman charged with killing dad, entombing him in concrete inside home," 18 Jan. 2018 If Ruth Handler is Barbie’s mother, then Bild Lilli — the German doll intended as a risqué gag gift for men — is her deceased sister, whose spirit has haunted Barbie’s legacy for the better part of the past century. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Barbie's 60th Birthday Wish Was to Be More Inclusive. Now What?," 2 May 2019 Her siblings, Ruth and Herbert are both deceased, Her husbands, who each predeceased her, were William Furst, Franklyn Weiss, and Sol Goldes. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/9," 9 July 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 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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