decedent

noun
de·​ce·​dent | \ di-ˈsē-dᵊnt How to pronounce decedent (audio) \

Definition of decedent

law
: a person who is no longer living : a deceased person the estate of the decedent

Examples of decedent in a Sentence

a tax on the estate of the decedent
Recent Examples on the Web In most cases, the decedent’s attorney will ensure all the final wishes are executed precisely. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 31 May 2022 That solution requires foresight and trust in whoever will access the decedent’s digital life. WSJ, 10 July 2022 Banogon is a decedent of the Gibson family, whose patriarch Charles Gibson was in the late 1800s one of the first settlers to the area that ultimately became the city of Gary. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 1 July 2022 The sheriff’s office allegedly did not administer the medicine to the decedent. Eplunus Colvin, Arkansas Online, 11 May 2022 Sometimes a deceased person was listed as the applicant or the date listed for the decedent was before the pandemic started, raising questions about how FEMA determined eligibility in those cases, Shea said. CBS News, 28 Apr. 2022 In the midst of grief, the last thing mourners want to deal with is making decisions about what to do with the body or what kind of service or memorial the decedent wanted. Next Avenue, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 The Marion County Coroner’s Office will release the decedent's name once next-of-kin have been notified. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Apr. 2022 The claim was filed by Dora Veleta, an heir of the decedent. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of decedent

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decedent

Latin decedent-, decedens, present participle of decedere — see decease

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17 Aug 2022

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“Decedent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decedent. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for decedent

decedent

noun
de·​ce·​dent | \ di-ˈsē-dᵊnt How to pronounce decedent (audio) \

Kids Definition of decedent

: a dead person

decedent

noun
de·​ce·​dent | \ di-ˈsēd-ᵊnt How to pronounce decedent (audio) \

Medical Definition of decedent

: a deceased person used chiefly in law

decedent

noun
de·​ce·​dent | \ di-ˈsēd-ᵊnt How to pronounce decedent (audio) \

Legal Definition of decedent

: a deceased person the estate of the decedent

History and Etymology for decedent

Latin decedent-, decedens, present participle of decedere to depart, die

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