survivor

noun
sur·​vi·​vor

Legal Definition of survivor

: one (as a joint tenant or a child) who is recognized as outliving another and is commonly entitled to insurance benefits (as under social security) or property upon the death of the decedent — see also joint-and-survivor annuity at annuity

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