- (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
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Examples from the Web for nuncupative
When, and by whom must a nuncupative will be reduced to writing?
Nuncupative wills must be proven within six months after they are reduced to writing.
Upon this, Chancellor Kent observed: “I should hope to see one day a law that no nuncupative will should be valid in any case.”
In this country, the cases upon the subject of nuncupative wills are considerably numerous since the last civil war.
A gift causa mortis may be made orally, while, with the exception of nuncupative wills, all wills must be in writing.Commercial Law
Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
- (of a will) declared orally by the testator and later written down
C16: from Late Latin nuncupātīvus nominal, from Latin nuncupāre to name