Definition of deceased in US English:

deceased

noun

the deceased
Law
formal
  • A person who has died.

    ‘in memory of the deceased’
    • ‘The first three of those questions would only arise if it were held that the deceased died domiciled in Saudi Arabia.’
    • ‘At about 8.45 pm Nurse White checked the deceased's cell and found him dead.’
    • ‘Did the evidence prove that it was the appellant who injected the deceased?’
    • ‘The emphasis of the defence case was that the appellant had stabbed the deceased accidentally whilst acting in self defence.’
    • ‘The deceased's depression and psychosis after the cross-examination flowed, not from his back injury, but from his pursuit of compensation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The deceased came to Canada from Greece in 1965, followed by his brother Steve in 1967.’
    • ‘The deceased was found with multiple head injuries on a footpath after the two accused had left him.’
    • ‘The jury found that the deceased had killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed.’
    • ‘The deceased's use of violence was not premeditated and he had no intention to kill.’
    • ‘It was accepted that the second 1990 will had been duly executed, but the deceased's testamentary capacity was in issue.’
    • ‘On the third, seventh, and fortieth day after a loved one's death, there are large gatherings dedicated to the deceased's memory.’
    • ‘The deceased's solicitor and his social worker had concerns for his well being.’
    • ‘The final question is how far the deceased should be regarded as responsible for his death.’
    • ‘The deceased remained with her parents, where the appellant also stayed from time to time.’
    • ‘Damages were reduced by two thirds for the deceased's contributory negligence.’
    • ‘The deceased was born in Portugal but worked for several years in Mozambique at a cement factory owned by a distant relative.’
    • ‘The deceased was always sober and coherent at the time of such conversations and had no reason to lie to her brother as she had nothing to gain from it.’
    • ‘The claimant and the deceased were near neighbours.’

adjective

Law
formal
  • Dead; no longer living.

    ‘the cremation of a deceased person’
    • ‘In July he married an Australian citizen who had been the de facto spouse of his deceased brother.’
    • ‘They have set out plans for a club reunion with Mass in St. Abban's Church, Doonane, at 7.30 pm for the living and deceased members of the Club.’
    • ‘He later accounts for having the gold by claiming that he has received a legacy from a recently deceased relative.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She felt tears gathering in the corners of her eyes as she thought about her recently deceased grandmother.’
    • ‘The names of thousands of deceased residents have not been taken off state voting lists because of bureaucratic oversight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His gallery boasts a collection by both living and deceased Missouri painters, many of whom have actually painted the park.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is also evidence that living donor kidneys give significantly better results than kidneys from deceased donors.’
    • ‘Five days before his death she had left the marital home, and the question was whether there was any prospect of a reconciliation between the plaintiff and her deceased husband.’
    • ‘There, she uncovered an old sketchbook hidden beneath her recently deceased mother's bed.’
    • ‘Her conduct as solicitor of the administration of the estate of Cecil Burrows deceased was the subject matter of an application for a remuneration certificate.’
    • ‘Fr McCauley from the Dominican Priory celebrated the mass for the living and the deceased members of the community.’
    • ‘However, there is an important difference in the nature of the decision to be made by the surrogate of a living patient and the surrogate of a deceased patient.’
    • ‘Candles were lit and placed on the alter to the memory of deceased loved ones, young and old. unborn and those who died tragically.’
    • ‘The Applicant in that case questioned the testamentary capacity of the deceased person.’
    dead, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed away
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Pronunciation

deceased

/dəˈsēst//dəˈsist/