[ tes-teyt ]
/ ˈtɛs teɪt /


having made and left a valid will.

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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British Dictionary definitions for testate

/ (ˈtɛsteɪt, ˈtɛstɪt) /


having left a legally valid will at death


a person who dies testate
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Derived forms of testate

testacy (ˈtɛstəsɪ), noun

Word Origin for testate

C15: from Latin testārī to make a will; see testament
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