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Having made a legally valid will before death.

[Middle English, from Latin testātus, past participle of testārī, to make one's will; see testament.]


(ˈtɛsteɪt; ˈtɛstɪt)
(Law) having left a legally valid will at death
(Law) a person who dies testate
[C15: from Latin testārī to make a will; see testament]
testacy n


(ˈtɛs teɪt)

having made and left a valid will.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin testātus, past participle of testārī to bear witness, make a will, derivative of testis witness; see -ate1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.testate - a person who makes a will
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
devisor - someone who devises real property in a will
testatrix - a female testator
Adj.1.testate - having made a legally valid will before death
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
intestate - having made no legally valid will before death or not disposed of by a legal will; "he died intestate"; "intestate property"
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Assume that Owner dies testate and his will leaves his entire estate to Donee.
104) AIPRA governs disposition of Indian trust property upon an Indian landowner's death, whether through intestate succession or testate devise.
1) the name of the decedent, the file number of the estate, the designation and address of the court in which the proceedings are pending, whether the estate is testate or intestate, and, if testate, the date of the will and any codicils;
The samples were examined for siliceous microfossils, including diatoms, testate amoebae (Rhizopoda), and chrysophyte cysts.
Fin da quel momento ed anche piU tardi, in seguito ad operazioni militari gia iniziate, c'erano state pero testate come La Voce, l'Avanti e anche L'Unita di Salvemini che si erano impegnate nel denunciare queste mistificazioni del paese africano prima, e la spettacolarizzazione della guerra poi.
8DA YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Echidna 9 Noble 10 Tipsy 11 Secrete 12 Tea 13 Nastiest 16 Chairman 17 Roc 19 Terrain 21 Gouda 22 Aspic 23 Siamese DOWN: 1 Testate 2 Whiplash 3 Eddy 4 Inaction 5 Able 6 Beset 8 Assessments 13 Nuisance 14 Shrouded 15 Scrapes 18 Steak 20 Rapt 21 Goal QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Distinguish 8 Fed 9 Lap 11 Release 12 Stole 13 Ore 14 Won 15 Seventy 17 Toe 19 Obey 21 Lynx 23 Lobe 25 Hike 27 Ewe 29 Scraper 31 Rat 34 Who 36 Store 37 Cheered 38 Hog 39 Are 40 Masking tape DOWN: 1 Deer 2 Idle 3 Trade in 4 Needed 5 Upset 6 Slow 7 Halo 8 Frost 10 Penny 16 Yob 18 Elk 20 Bee 22 Yes 24 Overeat 25 Harsh 26 Cancan 28 Erode 30 Creak 32 Atom 33 Toga 34 Wrap 35 Here followed
106) The court noted that by statute "net estate [refers to] the property of the decedent passing by testate succession," and this included only property in which the decedent had an interest at his death.
From the Baltic Sea area some information is available on psammic ciliates (Czapik and Fyda, 1992), testate amoebae (Golemansky, 1998), rotifers (Thane-Fenchel, 1968; Sorensen, 2001), and nematodes (Gheskiere et al.