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nuncupative

[ nuhng-kyuh-pey-tiv, nuhng-kyoo-puh-tiv ]
/ ˈnʌŋ kyəˌpeɪ tɪv, nʌŋˈkyu pə tɪv /
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adjective
(especially of a will) oral; not written.
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Origin of nuncupative

First recorded in 1400–50; from 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 from unattested nōmicupāre, derivative of nōmiceps “one taking a name,” equivalent to nōmi- combining form of nōmen “name” + -ceps “taker, catcher”); see prince) + -īvus -ive
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British Dictionary definitions for nuncupative

nuncupative
/ (ˈnʌŋkjʊˌpeɪtɪv, nʌŋˈkjuːpətɪv) /

adjective
(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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