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 One exception is distributions made by reason of a decedent’s death. Larry Light, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 In the 30 cases where the race of the decedent was identified, 11 were Hispanic, 10 were white and nine were Black. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 May 2021 Some local venues are long lost to the sands of time, such as Fair Park Stadium, the 1930 decedent and predecessor to the venerable Cotton Bowl. Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2021 The same rollover opportunity exists with respect to profit sharing, 401(k) and most other types of qualified retirement plan assets held by a decedent. Larry Light, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 In addition, Biden would tax unrealized capital gains at death, a major change from current law where unrealized gains accrued over a decedent’s lifetime go untaxed. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The Marion County Coroner's Office has not yet officially identified the decedent. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 20 May 2021 Being a child, in a sense, worked against the decedent. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 An independent administration is available if the decedent died leaving a valid will that named a person or entity to serve as an independent executor. Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of decedent was in 1599

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18 Jun 2021

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“Decedent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decedent. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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decedent

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English Language Learners Definition of decedent

US, law : a dead person

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

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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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