Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective No longer living; dead. synonym: dead.
  • noun A dead person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Departed from life; dead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Passed away; dead; gone.
  • adjective the dead person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective No longer alive
  • adjective Belonging to the dead.
  • adjective law : 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.
  • noun A dead person
  • noun dead people
  • noun law : 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective dead
  • noun someone who is no longer alive

Etymologies

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

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