noun Law.

a deceased person.

Origin of decedent

1590–1600; < Latin dēcēdent- (stem of dēcēdēns) departing, withdrawing, present participle of dēcēdere. See decease, -ent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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law, mainly US a deceased person

Word Origin for decedent

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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