or an·te-mor·tem, an·te mor·tem

[an-tee-mawr-tuh m]


before death: an antemortem confession.

Origin of antemortem

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ante-mortem

Historical Examples of ante-mortem

  • How much better is ante-mortem charity than post-mortem beneficence.

  • If we are to be stuffed, we prefer to have it an ante-mortem performance, don't we, little dog?

  • 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

    Stephen Crane

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for ante-mortem


adjective, adverb

(esp in legal or medical contexts) before death

Word Origin for ante-mortem

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

ante-mortem in Medicine




Before death.
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