- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for testate
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.The Two First Centuries of Florentine History
- having left a legally valid will at death
- a person who dies testate
C15: from Latin testārī to make a will; see testament
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper