[nuhng-kyuh-pey-tiv, nuhng-kyoo-puh-tiv]


(especially of a will) oral; not written.

Origin of nuncupative

1540–50; < Medieval Latin (testāmentum) nuncupātīvum oral (will), neuter of Late Latin nuncupātīvus so-called, nominal, equivalent to Latin nuncupāt(us) past participle of nuncupāre to state formally, utter the name of (probably < *nōmicupāre, derivative of *nōmiceps one taking a name, equivalent to *nōmi- combining form of nōmen name + -ceps taking, possessing; see prince) + -īvus -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(of a will) declared orally by the testator and later written down

Word Origin for nuncupative

C16: from Late Latin nuncupātīvus nominal, from Latin nuncupāre to name
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