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testator

[tes-tey-ter, te-stey-ter]
noun Law.
  1. a person who makes a will.
  2. a person who has died leaving a valid will.
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Origin of testator

1275–1325; < Latin testātor; see testate, -tor; replacing Middle English testatour < Anglo-French
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Historical Examples

  • The rest of the estate went to the testator's widow for life, and then to charity.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Just so much as the testator parts with the legatee obtains.

  • It was exactly the design of the testator to produce this idea.

  • In itself a Will is simply the instrument by which the intention of the testator is declared.

    Ancient Law

    Sir Henry James Sumner Maine

  • It was a mode of declaring who was to have the chieftainship, in succession to the Testator.

    Ancient Law

    Sir Henry James Sumner Maine


British Dictionary definitions for testator

testator

feminine testatrix (tɛˈsteɪtrɪks)

noun
  1. a person who makes a will, esp one who dies testate
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Word Origin

C15: from Anglo-French testatour, from Late Latin testātor, from Latin testārī to make a will; see testament
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Word Origin and History for testator

n.

mid-15c., from Anglo-French testatour (c.1300), from Late Latin testatorem, from testari (see testate).

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