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said of a person who dies without having made a will: No one knows who her heirs should be because she died intestate.
in·tes·tate(ĭn-tĕs′tāt′, -tĭt) Law
1. Having made no legal will: an intestate parent.
2. Not disposed of by a legal will: intestate lands.
One who dies without a legal will.
[Middle English, from Old French intestat, from Latin intestātus : in-, not; see in-1 + testātus, testate, from past participle of testārī, to make a will; see testament.]
in·tes′ta·cy (-tə-sē) n.
a. (of a person) not having made a will
b. (of property) not disposed of by will
(Law) a person who dies without having made a will
[C14: from Latin intestātus, from in-1 + testātus, from testārī to bear witness, make a will, from testis a witness]
in•tes•tate(ɪnˈtɛs teɪt, -tɪt)
1. not having made a will: to die intestate.
2. not disposed of by will: Her property remains intestate.n.
3. a person who dies intestate.
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|Adj.||1.||intestate - having made no legally valid will before death or not disposed of by a legal will; "he died intestate"; "intestate property"|
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"
testate - having made a legally valid will before death