predecease

verb

pre·​de·​cease ˌprē-di-ˈsēs How to pronounce predecease (audio)
predeceased; predeceasing

transitive verb

: to die before (another person)

intransitive verb

: to die first
predecease noun

Examples of predecease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, William George Hupfeldt Jr.; and his stepbrother, Drew Cunliffe. Dan Belson, Baltimore Sun, 26 June 2023 He was predeceased by his parents, Edna and Willis Thompson, and brother W. Francis Thompson. Dan Belson, Baltimore Sun, 5 June 2023 Turner no longer wanted to wail and lament like Mahalia Jackson and the R&B legends that predeceased her. Taylor Crumpton, refinery29.com, 26 May 2023 The actor, who was predeceased by his daughter Lisa, is survived by Quinn-Castillo, his twin brother Bernie Castillo, grandchildren Brian and Stephanie Palmere and great-grandson Allen Palmere. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 24 May 2023 He was predeceased by his only child, daughter, Lisa Palmere. Charna Flam, Variety, 24 May 2023 Her husband, Frederick, Prince of Wales, predeceased his father King George II, so the line of succession skipped right to her son. Town & Country, 7 May 2023 The queen died of pneumonia in 1818 at age 74, predeceasing her husband by two years. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2023 The maximum insured amount is $500,000 ($250,000 x two children) but if his children predeceased Bob, then the maximum insurance is $1,250,000 ($250,00 x five grandchildren). Matthew Erskine, Forbes, 5 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of predecease was in 1594

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“Predecease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/predecease. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

predecease

transitive verb
pre·​de·​cease ˌprē-di-ˈsēs How to pronounce predecease (audio)
predeceased; predeceasing
: to die before (another person)
when the child predeceases the parent

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