intestate

[in-tes-teyt, -tit]
adjective
  1. (of a person) not having made a will: to die intestate.
  2. (of things) not disposed of by will: Her property remains intestate.
noun
  1. a person who dies intestate.

Origin of intestate

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin intestātus, equivalent to in- in-3 + testātus testate
Can be confusedinterstate intestate intrastate
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intestate

adjective
    1. (of a person) not having made a will
    2. (of property) not disposed of by will
noun
  1. a person who dies without having made a will
Compare testate
Derived Formsintestacy, 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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