Definitions

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

  • adj. Law Delivered orally to witnesses rather than written: a nuncupative will.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Oral; not written.
  • adj. Publicly or solemnly declaratory.
  • adj. Nominal; existing only in name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Publicly or solemnly declaratory.
  • adj. Nominal; existing only in name.
  • adj. Oral; not written.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to naming, nominating, vowing, or dedicating.
  • In the law of wills, oral; not written; made or declared by word of mouth.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin nūncupātīvus, from Late Latin, so-called, from Latin nūncupātus, past participle of nūncupāre, to name : nōmen, name; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nuncupātīvus ("nominal"). (Wiktionary)

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  • a way to say "oral, not written" without saying "oral." also (obs.): nominal, existing only in name; publicly or solemnly declaratory.

    July 26, 2008