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adjective in·tes·tate \in-ˈte-ˌstāt, -stət\

Definition of intestate

  1. 1 :  having made no valid will died intestate

  2. 2 :  not disposed of by will an intestate estate

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Did You Know?

Intestate was borrowed into English in the 14th century from Latin intestatus, which was itself formed by combining the prefix in- ("not") and the adjective testatus, meaning "having left a valid will." Testatus, in turn, derives from the past participle of the verb testari, meaning "to make a will." Approximately a century later, English speakers returned to testatus to coin the word testate, which also means "having left a valid will." Other descendants of testari in English include detest, protest, and testament, as well as testator ("a person who dies leaving a will or testament in force"). The antonym of testator is the noun intestate, meaning "one who dies without a will."

Origin and Etymology of intestate

Middle English, from Latin intestatus, from in- + testatus testate


First Known Use: 14th century


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intestate

noun in·tes·tate

Definition of intestate

  1. :  one who dies intestate

1658

First Known Use of intestate

1658


INTESTATE Defined for English Language Learners

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intestate

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adjective in·tes·tate \in-ˈte-ˌstāt, -stət\

Definition of intestate for English Language Learners

  • law : not having made a will


Law Dictionary

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intestate

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adjective in·tes·tate \in-ˈtes-ˌtāt\

Legal Definition of intestate

  1. 1 :  having not made a valid will died intestate

  2. 2 :  not disposed of by a valid will intestate property an intestate estate; specifically :  transmitted according to statutory rules governing intestate succession

  3. 3 :  of or relating to intestate succession intestate laws

Origin and Etymology of intestate

Latin intestatus, from in- not + testatus testate


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intestate

noun in·tes·tate

Legal Definition of intestate

  1. :  a person who dies intestate





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