[ tes-tuh-men-tuh-ree, -men-tree ]
/ ˌtɛs təˈmɛn tə ri, -ˈmɛn tri /


of, relating to, or of the nature of a testament or will.
given, bequeathed, done, or appointed by will.
set forth or contained in a will.
Sometimes tes·ta·men·tal [tes-tuh-men-tl] /ˌtɛs təˈmɛn tl/.

Origin of testamentary

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English word from Latin word testāmentārius. See testament, -ary

Related forms

non·tes·ta·men·ta·ry, adjectiveun·tes·ta·men·tal, adjectiveun·tes·ta·men·ta·ry, adjective
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/ (ˌtɛstəˈmɛntərɪ) /


of or relating to a will or testament
derived from, bequeathed, or appointed by a will
contained or set forth in a will
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