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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.]
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(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
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(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]
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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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