inter vivos

adverb or adjective

in·​ter vi·​vos ˈin-tər-ˈvē-ˌvōs How to pronounce inter vivos (audio)
: between living persons
transaction inter vivos
especially : from one living person to another
inter vivos gifts
property transferred inter vivos

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These safe harbor rules are in recognition that gifts established under GRAT and QPRT structures are bona fide inter vivos gifts, and are not abusive because they are established by statute. Alan Gassman, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022

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Word History


Late Latin

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inter vivos was in 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Inter vivos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition

inter vivos

adverb or adjective
in·​ter vi·​vos ˈin-tər-ˈvī-vōs, -ˈvē- How to pronounce inter vivos (audio)
: between living persons
an inter vivos transfer
see also donation inter vivos at donation, gift inter vivos at gift, inter vivos trust at trust compare causa mortis

Late Latin

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