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 Investigators asked DNA Doe Project — a nonprofit volunteer organization that helps to identify deceased people using forensic genealogy — for assistance earlier this year. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Headless Torso Found in Idaho Grave ID'd as Outlaw Accused of Murdering His Wife in 1916," 2 Jan. 2020 The only protection against these ills were spells cast by the deceased Ankh herself. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "4,000-Year-Old Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Underworld May Be Oldest Illustrated ‘Book’," 1 Jan. 2020 Once the fire was extinguished, a deceased man was found inside , the statement said. BostonGlobe.com, "A man was found dead in the garage of a home in Northfield, N.H. early Saturday morning, authorities said.," 29 Dec. 2019 The deceased man’s identity, along with the nature and cause of his death, will be released by the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office. Kristi Belcamino, Twin Cities, "Man dies after stabbing and car crash in Minneapolis Sunday morning," 29 Dec. 2019 Cincinnati Police responded to a report of a deceased person on Plainville Road in Madisonville at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Friday, according to a release from the City of Cincinnati Police Department. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Police: 61-year-old found dead due to 'blunt force trauma,' Madisonville man arrested," 28 Dec. 2019 The Yolo County coroner’s office identified the deceased as Christopher Gray, 29, and Carol Gray, 62. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "The Scanner: DNA solves 1982 double-murder cold case in Fremont," 23 Dec. 2019 Welfare check, Solon Road: The death of a woman, 39, is under investigation for a possible drug overdose after she was found deceased Dec. 15 in her apartment. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Early morning burglar steals gun and bag with sports gear from car in garage: Chagrin Falls police blotter," 23 Dec. 2019 Around the gray stone tombs, pagodas, and narrow wooden slats, called sotoba (traditional Buddhist signs of devotion to the deceased), the ground was covered in white patches of crunchy snow, snapped branches, and freshly felled red camelia flowers. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk?," 22 Dec. 2019 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 2020

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“Deceased.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deceased. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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