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[nuhng-kyuh-pey-tiv, nuhng-kyoo-puh-tiv]
  1. (especially of a will) oral; not written.
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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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Historical Examples of nuncupative

  • When, and by whom must a nuncupative will be reduced to writing?

    Cyclopedia of Commerce, Accountancy, Business Administration, v. 3


  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for nuncupative


  1. (of a will) declared orally by the testator and later written down
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Word Origin for nuncupative

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