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: made or done in contemplation of one's impending death
rejected his claim that the gift was causa mortis— W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.
—usually used following the term it modifies
— see also gift causa mortis at gift — compare inter vivos
Latin mortis causa in contemplation of death
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