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

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

Massachusetts State Police identified the deceased as Sean Gannon, an officer from the Yarmouth Police Department. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Suspect accused of killing Massachusetts cop had 111 prior offenses," 2 Oct. 2018 Another means of IDing the deceased is through looking for telltale nuclear isotopes in the remains. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How U.S. Investigators Identify Korean War Dead Using DNA, Corn, and Water," 19 Sep. 2018 Out of respect for the deceased, under no circumstances should the container be opened. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "TSA denies responsibility for late mother’s ashes spilling in NFL player’s suitcase," 10 July 2018 Out of respect for the deceased, under no circumstances should the container be opened. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "NFL player A.J. Francis says TSA agents spilled late mother's ashes inside luggage," 9 July 2018 When deputies arrived, the driver was found deceased in a treeline near the motorcycle. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Man dies in Antioch Township crash Friday; second motorcycle death in Lake County this week," 13 July 2018 The Regional Dispatch Center received a 911 call just after 3 p.m., but lifesaving efforts proved unsuccessful and Benassi was pronounced deceased at the scene, the release said. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Yuba River rapids take another life near Highway 49," 27 June 2018 The Milwaukee woman was found deceased at the scene. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police investigating the suspicious death of a 39-year-old woman," 10 June 2018 The toddler was pronounced deceased at St Elizabeth Hospital, by the Grant County Coroner. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky State Police investigating 2-year-old found dead inside car," 10 June 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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