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 (nŭn′kyə-pā′tĭv, nŭng′-, nŭn-kyo͞o′pə-tĭv)
adj. Law
Relating to or being a will that is delivered orally to witnesses rather than written.

[Medieval Latin nūncupātīvus, from Late Latin, so-called, from Latin nūncupātus, past participle of nūncupāre, to name : nōmen, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈnʌŋkjʊˌpeɪtɪv; nʌŋˈkjuːpətɪv) or


(Law) (of a will) declared orally by the testator and later written down
[C16: from Late Latin nuncupātīvus nominal, from Latin nuncupāre to name]


(ˈnʌŋ kyəˌpeɪ tɪv, nʌŋˈkyu pə tɪv)

(esp. of a will) oral; not written.
[1540–50; < Medieval Latin (testāmentum) nuncupātīvum oral (will) « Latin nuncupāt(us), past participle of nuncupāre to state formally, utter the name of, probably <*nōmicupāre, derivative of *nōmiceps one taking a name]
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Rather than written out by the individual, they were often written out by a notary and signed by the dying person, or instead dictated - known as a nuncupative will.
A century and a half later, the statutory provision for nuncupative wills disappeared in England.
As of 1960, forty-two American states warranted nuncupative wills.
Sir David Kirke's nuncupative will is dated January 28, 1654 (TNA PROB 11/ 240 f.
The second section is a fascinating and careful exploration of issues of mental capacity and coercion, particularly surrounding nuncupative wills.
It is clear that if we use the primitive and nuncupative epics as our basis, so not most but all of epics heroes will call worthy in their experiences and facing with problems.
Yet 32% of respondents reported scores above the midpoint (> 5 on 1-10 scale) for at least one of the nuncupative items.
Gray, acknowledging the relevance of Milton's nuncupative will and "miscommunication with his daughters," argues that Milton mattered to Eliot because he "was repeatedly stymied in his attempts to transmit his ideas as he would have preferred" (135).
Two thousand women ages 18 through 35 underwent live personal individualized nuncupative interviews as to their most preferred aromas.
Actually, the elegant Michaels has upped his nuncupative game this season.
92) At six o'clock that same evening, perhaps right after the funeral, Alice sent for Thomas Stallard, Doctor of Divinity, William Horne, and "divers others" (apparently several female servants), and made her nuncupative (oral) will.