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

  • n. Law A dead person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dead person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Removing; departing.
  • n. A deceased person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Going away; departing; seceding.
  • n. A deceased person.

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

  • n. someone who is no longer alive

Etymologies

Latin dēcēdēns, dēcēdent-, present participle of dēcēdere, to depart, die; see decease.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin decedens, present active participle of decedere ("to depart, die"). (Wiktionary)

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