- a deceased person.
Origin of decedent
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Examples from the Web for decedent
Outside of this little group of States, the decedent may be tucked away informally underground and no one be the wiser for it.
Again, in settling the estate of the deceased person, personal property is always to be used first to pay the decedent's debts.Commercial Law
Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
Any distribution of chattels would take place after all the decedent's debts were paid from the property.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
Each party claimed a right to inherit the lands of the decedent, according to the laws.
The phrators of the decedent in a body were the mourners, and the members of the opposite phratry conducted the ceremonies.Ancient Society
Lewis Henry Morgan
- law, mainly US a deceased person
C16: from Latin dēcēdēns departing; see decease
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Word Origin and History for decedent
1730, "dead person," mostly as a term in law, from Latin decedentem, present participle of decedere "to die, to depart" (see decease (n.)).
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