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

Word Origin for testate

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

"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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