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intestate

[ in-tes-teyt, -tit ]
/ ɪnˈtɛs teɪt, -tɪt /
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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.
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Origin of intestate

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin intestātus, equivalent to in-in-3 + testātustestate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intestate

interstate, intestate , intrastate
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British Dictionary definitions for intestate

intestate
/ (ɪnˈtɛsteɪt, -tɪt) /

adjective
  1. (of a person) not having made a will
  2. (of property) not disposed of by will
noun
a person who dies without having made a will
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Derived forms of intestate

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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