What is DECEDENT?

A deceased person; one who has lately died. Etymologically the word
denotes a person who is dying, but it has come to be used in law as signifying any
defunct person, (testate or intestate,) but always with reference to the settlement of his
estate or the execution of his will. In re Zeph’s Estate, 50 Hun, 523, 3 N. Y. Supp. 400.

More On This Topic




Link to This Definition

Did you find this definition of DECEDENT helpful? You can share it by copying the code below and adding it to your blog or web page.
Written and fact checked by The Law Dictionary