- to die before (another person, the occurrence of an event, etc.).
Origin of predecease
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Examples from the Web for predeceased
The six children of the Reverend Patrick Brontë, all of whom predeceased him, two of them writers of genius.Robert Gottlieb’s Book Bag: Five Great Literary Subjects
November 27, 2012
She bore him three sons and three daughters, and predeceased him.A History of Horncastle
James Conway Walter
He had two sons of great promise, both of whom predeceased him.A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature
John W. Cousin
The elder son, Thomas, predeceased him, leaving three daughters.
He had three sons; two predeceased him, one at the age of fifteen years, the other at fifteen months.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
His three sons all predeceased him, and he was succeeded in the title by his grandson, Francis.
- to die before (some other person)
- rare earlier death
Word Origin and History for predeceased
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