- a person who makes a will.
- a person who has died leaving a valid will.
Origin of testator
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Examples from the Web for testator
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.Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics
William Thomas Thornton
It was exactly the design of the testator to produce this idea.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
In itself a Will is simply the instrument by which the intention of the testator is declared.
It was a mode of declaring who was to have the chieftainship, in succession to the Testator.
feminine testatrix (tɛˈsteɪtrɪks)
- a person who makes a will, esp one who dies testate
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
mid-15c., from Anglo-French testatour (c.1300), from Late Latin testatorem, from testari (see testate).
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