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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. No longer living; dead. See Synonyms at dead.
  • n. A dead person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. No longer alive
  • adj. Belonging to the dead.
  • adj. : One who has died. In property law, the alternate term decedent is generally used. In criminal law, “the deceased” refers to the victim of a homicide.
  • n. A dead person
  • n. dead people
  • n. : One who has died. In property law, the alternate term decedent is generally used. In criminal law, “the deceased” refers to the victim of a homicide.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Passed away; dead; gone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Departed from life; dead.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. dead
  • n. someone who is no longer alive

Etymologies

decease +‎ -ed, from Middle English deceas via Old French, from Latin dēcessus ("departure"), equivalent to Latin dēced-, variation of Latin dēcēdre ("to go away"). (Wiktionary)

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