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

  • adj. Having made a legally valid will before death.

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  • adj. Having left a legally valid last will and testament (of one who has died).
  • n. One who has left a valid will and testament.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having made and left a will.
  • n. One who leaves a valid will at death; a testate person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having made and left a valid will or testament.
  • n. In law, one who has made a will or testament; one who dies leaving a will or testament in force.
  • n. Witness; testimony.

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

  • n. a person who makes a will
  • adj. having made a legally valid will before death


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

Middle English, from Latin testātus, past participle of testārī, to make one's will; see testament.


  • This returning to their root is what we call testate of stillness; and that stillness may be called a reporting that they have fulfilled their appointed end.

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  • However, if she died in testate, meaning without a will, and he is married to her, he would possibly inherit everything and then it would be up to him to distribute the assets to the child and obviously, it can be a fight between the biological father and Stern, the husband.

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  • It then gives a brief factual overview of each of the decedents whose records were studied, followed by an analysis of testate distribution patterns with particular attention to differences between male and female decedents.

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  • This research was undertaken to determine what effect the 1861 California Married Women's Property Act, together with subsequent changes in California probate law that were implemented throughout the latter half of the 19th century, had on testate and intestate succession of women's property.

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  • Under the law if you are in testate without a will everything you ` ve got goes to your children anyway.

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  • By 1900, roughly fourteen percent of the dying population left estates that went through probate; eight percent were testate.

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  • In 1850, in Essex County, less than five percent of those who died left testate estates; only about eight percent had estates of any sort.

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  • Its cheeky slogan: “Solidità mondiale testata a prova di testate” – that is, “Proven, world-class strength, headbutt-proof.”

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  • I remember reading a Walter Williams column a few years ago where he talked ablout special bills in the House that were usually attached as riders that would allow "any one who died testate on June 14, 2000 in Houston Texas to be exempt from estate tax" or some such language.

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