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[uh-demp-shuh n] /əˈdɛmp ʃən/
noun, Law.
the failure of a legacy because the subject matter no longer belongs to the testator's estate at death.
Origin of ademption
1580-90; < Latin ademptiōn- (stem of ademptiō) a taking away, equivalent to adempt(us) (ad- ad- + em(p)-, stem of emere to take + -tus past participle suffix) + -ion- -ion Unabridged
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(property law) the failure of a specific legacy, as by a testator disposing of the subject matter in his lifetime
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ademptiōn- a taking away, from adimere to take away, take to (oneself), from ad- to + emere to buy, take
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