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testate

[tes-teyt]
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adjective
  1. having made and left a valid will.
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Origin of testate

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin testātus, past participle of testārī to bear witness, make a will, derivative of testis witness; see -ate1
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Historical Examples

  • He inherits from the possessor, legitimately born, dying in testate in his house without apparent heirs.

    The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)

    Hippolyte A. Taine

  • In Pisa, testate succession was regulated in accordance with the Roman law: de ultimis voluntatibus pen legem romanum iudicetur.


British Dictionary definitions for testate

testate

adjective
  1. having left a legally valid will at death
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noun
  1. a person who dies testate
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Derived Formstestacy (ˈtɛstəsɪ), noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin testārī to make a will; see testament
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Word Origin and History for testate

adj.

"having left a valid will," late 15c., from Latin testatus, past participle of testari "make a will, be witness to, declare" (see testament).

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