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.

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