- to die before (another person, the occurrence of an event, etc.).
Origin of predecease
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Examples from the Web for predecease
Suppose she were to predecease—he would have the moon, and be unable to appreciate it.Historic Oddities
In the course of nature he was almost bound to predecease her.She Stands Accused
If she should predecease the testator, then everything is left to his child or children.The Lion's Share
E. Arnold Bennett
Mr. Rich died in April, 1891, having arranged that his bequest should not lapse in consequence of the predecease of my father.
As a general rule, legacies given to persons who predecease the testator do not take effect; they are said to lapse.
- to die before (some other person)
- rare earlier death
Word Origin and History for predecease
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