One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who has made a will or given a legacy.
- ‘He can certainly be appointed as executor of an estate by a testator who nominates him as such in a will.’
- ‘A testator may make a valid will wholly by his or her own handwriting and signature, without formality, and without the presence, attestation or signature of a witness.’
- ‘But, by making his trustees the sole judges of a question a testator does not entirely exclude recourse to the court by persons aggrieved by the trustees' decision.’
- ‘It, also, is a duty to take care to ensure that effect is given to the testator's testamentary intentions.’
- ‘A personal representative has an action of account as the testator or intestate might have had if he or she had lived.’
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French testatour, from Latin testator, from the verb testari ‘testify’.
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