tes·​ta·​tor | \ ˈte-ˌstā-tər How to pronounce testator (audio) , te-ˈstā- \

Definition of testator

: a person who dies leaving a will or testament in force

Examples of testator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wills and trusts were vulnerable to legal challenge if the testator was deemed insane, and those episodes had inspired whispers about Stanford’s erratic decision-making and her communions with spirits. Maia Silber, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 The default survival period: A beneficiary must survive the testator (the person making the will) by at least 120 hours. Dallas News, 8 Aug. 2021 This allows the testator to avoid burdening a beneficiary who may not have enough income to pay the debt on a particular asset. Dallas News, 8 Aug. 2021 For example, Texas homestead protections for spouses may prevent a testator (the person making the will) from distributing a home to others as initially desired. Dallas News, 1 Mar. 2021 But all people don’t think the same way, so occasionally the testator wants to depart from a traditional method of asset disposition, for various reasons. Wesley E. Wright, Houston Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of testator

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for testator

Middle English testatour, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin testator, from Latin testari

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“Testator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testator. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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tes·​ta·​tor | \ ˈte-ˌstā-tər How to pronounce testator (audio) \

Legal Definition of testator

: a person who dies leaving a will


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