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a dead person: The decedent was given a proper burial.
Not to be confused with:
descendant – a person or animal that is descended from a specific ancestor; an offspring: a descendant of the early settlers
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n. Law
A dead person.

[Latin dēcēdēns, dēcēdent-, present participle of dēcēdere, to depart, die; see decease.]
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(Law) law chiefly US a deceased person
[C16: from Latin dēcēdēns departing; see decease]
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(dɪˈsid nt)

n. Law.
a deceased person.
[1590–1600; < Latin dēcēdent-, s. of dēcēdēns, present participle of dēcēdere. See decease, -ent]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.decedent - someone who is no longer alivedecedent - someone who is no longer alive; "I wonder what the dead person would have done"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
dead - people who are no longer living; "they buried the dead"
infernal - an inhabitant of Hell; "his roar made the infernals quake"
living dead, zombie, zombi - a dead body that has been brought back to life by a supernatural force
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IRC Section 2035(b), also known as the "gross-up rule," increases the value of an estate by the amount of any gift taxes that the decedent or the decedent's estate pays within three years of death.
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Not only are these rules complicated; they effectively convert the previously imposed estate tax and GST to the decedent's estate into a potential future income tax to the decedent's beneficiaries or heirs.
brought suit against Colgate-Palmolive (Colgate) alleging that the decedent's death was a direct and proximate result of her exposure to asbestos for which Colgate was responsible.
The term "income in respect of a decedent" (IRD) refers to those amounts which a decedent was entitled to as gross income, but which were not includable in his taxable income for the year of his death.
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