ademp·​tion | \ ə-ˈdemp-shən \

Legal Definition of ademption

1 : the revocation of a gift in a will inferred from the disposal (as by sale) of the property by the maker of the will before he or she dies
2 : the revocation of a gift in a will inferred from the maker's gift before his or her death of the same or similar property to the recipient named in the will — compare advancement

Note: Only gifts that are characterized as specific devises, bequests, or legacies are subject to ademption.

History and Etymology for ademption

Latin ademptio, from adimere to take away, from ad to + emere to buy, obtain

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“Ademption.” The Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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