Definition of nuncupative
: not written : oral a nuncupative will
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Examples of nuncupative in a sentence
the soldier left a nuncupative will that was witnessed by two of his comrades
Did You Know?
Nuncupative (from Latin nuncupare, meaning "to name") has been part of the English language since at least the mid-16th century, most typically appearing in legal contexts as a modifier of the noun "will." The nuncupative will originated in Roman law, where it consisted of an oral declaration made in the presence of seven witnesses and later presented before a magistrate. Currently, nuncupative wills are allowed in some U.S. states in extreme circumstances, such as imminent peril of death from a terminal illness or from military or maritime service. Such wills are dictated orally but are usually required to be set down in writing within a statutorily specified time period, such as 30 days. Witnesses are required, though the number seven is no longer specified.
Legal Definition of nuncupative
: stated by spoken word
Origin and Etymology of nuncupative
Medieval Latin nuncupativus, from Late Latin, so-called, from Latin nuncupatus, past participle of nuncupare to name, probably ultimately from nomen name + capere to take
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