intestacy

noun in·tes·ta·cy \ in-ˈte-stə-sē \

Definition of intestacy

:the quality or state of being or dying intestate

First Known Use of intestacy

1767


Law Dictionary

intestacy

noun in·tes·ta·cy \ in-ˈtes-tə-sē \

legal Definition of intestacy

plural intestacies
1 :the state of dying intestate :an intestate state or condition
  • the invalidation of the will resulted in her intestacy
2 :intestate succession at succession
  • wills should be construed to avoid intestacy whenever possible
  • Smith v. Estate of Peters, 741 P.2d 1172 (1987)
  • the remaining property passed by intestacy to the heirs

Learn More about intestacy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up intestacy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by intense feeling

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!