Definition of deceased in English:



  • The recently dead person in question.

    ‘the judge inferred that the deceased was confused as to the extent of his assets’
    • ‘They found that the dead body of the deceased bore injuries on the head, face, knees and heels of his feet and from every angle it was looking like a cold blooded murder.’
    • ‘It was accepted that the second 1990 will had been duly executed, but the deceased's testamentary capacity was in issue.’
    • ‘Did the evidence prove that it was the appellant who injected the deceased?’
    • ‘At about 8.45 pm Nurse White checked the deceased's cell and found him dead.’
    • ‘As you will know, the statutory function of an inquest is to ascertain who the deceased was, and how, when and where he came by his death.’
    • ‘The first three of those questions would only arise if it were held that the deceased died domiciled in Saudi Arabia.’
    • ‘The claimant and the deceased were near neighbours.’
    • ‘The final question is how far the deceased should be regarded as responsible for his death.’
    • ‘The emphasis of the defence case was that the appellant had stabbed the deceased accidentally whilst acting in self defence.’
    • ‘Damages were reduced by two thirds for the deceased's contributory negligence.’


  • Recently dead.

    ‘the deceased man's family’
    [postpositive] ‘the will of Christopher Smith deceased’
    • ‘She felt tears gathering in the corners of her eyes as she thought about her recently deceased grandmother.’
    • ‘He later accounts for having the gold by claiming that he has received a legacy from a recently deceased relative.’
    • ‘In July he married an Australian citizen who had been the de facto spouse of his deceased brother.’
    • ‘There, she uncovered an old sketchbook hidden beneath her recently deceased mother's bed.’
    • ‘Applications can be made by the personal representative of a deceased patient, and anyone who may have a claim arising out of the patient's death.’
    • ‘The issue in the case was whether the surviving partner in a homosexual couple could succeed to a protected tenancy previously held in the name of the deceased partner.’
    • ‘She is deceased, your Honour, as I understand it.’
    • ‘Instead, the personal representatives of the deceased person were permitted to maintain an action in any case where, if he had not died, he himself might have sued.’
    • ‘We first meet Hamlet at the royal court of Denmark where his mother, Gertrude, has just married her recently deceased husband's brother, Claudius, who is now king.’
    • ‘Candles were lit and placed on the alter to the memory of deceased loved ones, young and old. unborn and those who died tragically.’
    dead, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed away
    late, lost, lamented
    perished, fallen, slain, slaughtered, killed, murdered
    lifeless, not breathing, having breathed one's last, defunct, extinct, inanimate, insentient, insensate, inert
    six feet under, pushing up daisies, under the sod
    with god, asleep, at peace
    demised, exanimate
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