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intestacy

[in-tes-tuh-see]
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noun
  1. the state or fact of being intestate at death.

Origin of intestacy

First recorded in 1760–70; intest(ate) + -acy
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Word Origin and History for intestacy

n.

1767, from intestate + -acy.

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