intestate

adjective
in·​tes·​tate | \ in-ˈte-ˌstāt How to pronounce intestate (audio) , -stət \

Definition of intestate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having made no valid will died intestate
2 : not disposed of by will an intestate estate

intestate

noun

Definition of intestate (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who dies intestate

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Adjective

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."

Examples of intestate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective However, if a person dies and a will is not found within six months, the intestate succession laws decide which family members will inherit the estate. Branded Content Contributor, Orange County Register, "Having a Will Is Worthless If Your Beneficiaries Can’t Find It," 19 Nov. 2019 The laws of intestate succession typically put any children first in line, followed by parents. Liz Weston, latimes.com, "Procrastination can mean estate-planning disaster," 1 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the crowd from beneath the intestate cleared out, a young woman arrived at the scene, sobbing and screaming. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Man dies in Mother's Day shooting in Gentilly: NOPD," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of intestate

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1658, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intestate

Adjective

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

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“Intestate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intestate. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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intestate

adjective
How to pronounce intestate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of intestate

law : not having made a will

intestate

adjective
in·​tes·​tate | \ in-ˈtes-ˌtāt How to pronounce intestate (audio) \

Legal Definition of intestate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having not made a valid will died intestate
2 : not disposed of by a valid will intestate property an intestate estate specifically : transmitted according to statutory rules governing intestate succession
3 : of or relating to intestate succession intestate laws

intestate

noun

Legal Definition of intestate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who dies intestate

History and Etymology for intestate

Adjective

Latin intestatus, from in- not + testatus testate

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