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

  • transitive v. To die before (another person).

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  • n. The death of one person or thing before another.
  • v. To die sooner than.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The death of one person or thing before another.
  • transitive v. To die sooner than.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To die before; precede in dying.
  • n. Decease before another.

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

  • v. die before; die earlier than


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pre- +‎ decease


  • Because she has just lost the third of her four children to predecease her?

    Stanton Peele: War of the Beasts in the Animal Kingdom

  • I am the only surviving offspring and I am making the assumption that she will predecease me.

    With power of attorney for my mother, can I put some money from the sale of her house towards my own?

  • My grandfather is among the millions of people who have dementia, and my grandmother was one of the many family caregivers who predecease their sick partners.

    Lynn Casteel Harper: The Spiritual Implications of Dementia

  • This sense of loneliness was compounded by the fact that Twain had by then also buried two of his four children – a good deal of his reminiscence comes in response to moving little scraps of notes that his daughter Susy had prepared for a book about him, before she died; another daughter, Jean, would predecease him in the course of his narration.

    The Autobiography of Mark Twain – review

  • She appeared equally stoical until the prosecutor lit into her, charging that Tony essentially committed his alleged crimes for her - to make sure that should he predecease his mother, a distinct possibility when you're in your eighties yourself -- she wouldn't be left out of the will, which was Mrs. Astor's apparently fervent desire "There was no love lost between Mrs. Astor and Charlene," Ms. Loewy told the jury.

    Ralph Gardner Jr.: Inside the Astor Trial: The People vs. Anthony Marshall and Francis Morrissey

  • Should he predecease her, that she be provided for from his estate and be enabled to continue to reside in the marital home after his death as long as she remains a widow.


  • The husband is required to return these assets to the wife at the end of the marriage; should the woman be divorced or should the husband predecease the wife, these assets return to her and she is to be compensated for any damage caused to them.


  • Should the husband predecease his wife, to allow his daughters to be provided for from his estate until they are betrothed or until they reach maturity.


  • The will further stated that were she to predecease him or be unable to fulfill the role of guardian, that he wished his children to be raised by his lifelong friend Diana Ross.

    What Becomes of Michael Jackson’s Children?

  • But I am a little concerned about the timelines: if you predecease Fluffy or Spike, how can you be sure your executors will honor your wish?

    Archive 2009-01-18


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