or an·te-mor·tem, an·te mor·tem
- before death: an antemortem confession.
Origin of antemortem
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for ante-mortem
How much better is ante-mortem charity than post-mortem beneficence.Brave Men and Women
If we are to be stuffed, we prefer to have it an ante-mortem performance, don't we, little dog?The Master-Knot of Human Fate
A hush came upon them,53 for it was seen that he was intending to make some kind of an ante-mortem statement.Whilomville Stories
Greyerson says so, at least, and when I didn't believe him he called in Hartt and Bushnell to hold my ante-mortem.The Destroying Angel
Louis Joseph Vance
The latter is certainly much nicer to play with, in the ante-mortem state.
- (esp in legal or medical contexts) before death
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- Before death.
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