- 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
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Examples from the Web for testamentary
The blessings of his purchase in the first ages were, even as in the last, testamentary.The Ordinance of Covenanting
I sat down this morning and put on paper my testamentary meaning.The Letters of Charles Dickens
I should not fail to remember this in making my testamentary arrangements.The Rock of the Lion
Molly Elliot Seawell
Testamentary power can only be created by the words of a book, by an anathema.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
Still, testamentary power did not come as soon as other rights.The Curiosities and Law of Wills
- 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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Word Origin and History for testamentary
mid-15c., from Latin testamentarius, from testamentum (see testament).
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