One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
From an intestate person, by intestacy (used with reference to matters of succession or inheritance).
Early 17th century. From classical Latin ab intestātō from an intestate person (from ab from + intestātō, ablative of intestātus), originally via French ab intestato.
ab intestato/ˈab ɪntɛsˈtɑːtəʊ/
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