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intestate

said of a person who dies without having made a will: No one knows who her heirs should be because she died intestate.
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interstate – connecting different states: interstate commerce; a highway serving more than one state: the U.S. Interstate Highway System
intrastate – operating within the boundaries of a state: intrastate companies
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in·tes·tate

 (ĭn-tĕs′tāt′, -tĭt) Law
adj.
1. Having made no legal will: an intestate parent.
2. Not disposed of by a legal will: intestate lands.
n.
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.
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intestate

(ɪnˈtɛsteɪt; -tɪt)
adj
(Law)
a. (of a person) not having made a will
b. (of property) not disposed of by will
n
(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]
inˈtestacy n
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in•tes•tate

(ɪnˈtɛs teɪt, -tɪt)

adj.
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.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin intestātus;=in, in-3 + testātus testate]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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Translations

intestate

[ɪnˈtestɪt] ADJ to die intestatemorir intestado
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intestate

[ɪnˈtɛsteɪt] adjintestat f inv
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intestate

adj (Jur) → nicht testamentarisch vermacht; to die intestateohne Testament sterben
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intestate

[ɪnˈtɛstɪt] adj (Law) to die intestatemorire intestato/a
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References in classic literature ?
Ralph, having died intestate, and having no relations but those with whom he had lived in such enmity, they would have become in legal course his heirs.
Vanstone to have died intestate, the law takes due care of the interests of his widow and his children -- "
"As I daresay you know," went on Sir Henry, "if a man dies intestate, and has no property but land, real property it is called in England, it all descends to his eldest son.