EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective (of a person) not having made a will: to die intestate. (of things) not disposed of by will: Her property remains intestate. noun a person who dies intestate. Origin of intestate 1350–1400; Middle English
in- in- 3
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Examples from the Web for intestate Historical Examples of intestate
Administration of his goods was granted to her as the widow of an
intestate in May, 1695.
It followed, then, that the property reverted to the heirs-at-law as of an
If she dies in his lifetime, she can have no other
If any children of the
intestate are dead, how does it descend?
Richard Malden's death, and his own relationship to the
intestate had been legally proved and established. British Dictionary definitions for intestate adjective (of a person) not having made a will (of property) not disposed of by will noun a person who dies without having made a will Derived Forms intestacy, noun Word Origin for intestate
C14: from Latin
intestātus, from in- 1 + testātus, from testārī to bear witness, make a will, from testis a witness
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Word Origin and History for intestate adj.
late 14c., from Old French
intestat (13c.) and directly from Latin intestatus "having made no will," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + testatus, past participle of testari "make a will, bear witness" (see testament). As a noun, "one who has not made out a will," from 1650s.
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