Definition of deceased in US English:

deceased

noun

the deceased
Law
formal
  • A person who has died.

    ‘in memory of the deceased’
    • ‘The final question is how far the deceased should be regarded as responsible for his death.’
    • ‘Did the evidence prove that it was the appellant who injected the deceased?’
    • ‘The deceased's depression and psychosis after the cross-examination flowed, not from his back injury, but from his pursuit of compensation.’
    • ‘The claimant and the deceased were near neighbours.’
    • ‘At about 8.45 pm Nurse White checked the deceased's cell and found him dead.’
    • ‘Damages were reduced by two thirds for the deceased's contributory negligence.’
    • ‘The deceased remained with her parents, where the appellant also stayed from time to time.’
    • ‘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 deceased came to Canada from Greece in 1965, followed by his brother Steve in 1967.’
    • ‘On the third, seventh, and fortieth day after a loved one's death, there are large gatherings dedicated to the deceased's memory.’
    • ‘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 jury found that the deceased had killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed.’
    • ‘The deceased was born in Portugal but worked for several years in Mozambique at a cement factory owned by a distant relative.’
    • ‘The first three of those questions would only arise if it were held that the deceased died domiciled in Saudi Arabia.’
    • ‘The emphasis of the defence case was that the appellant had stabbed the deceased accidentally whilst acting in self defence.’
    • ‘The deceased was found with multiple head injuries on a footpath after the two accused had left him.’
    • ‘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 deceased's solicitor and his social worker had concerns for his well being.’
    • ‘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.’

adjective

Law
formal
  • Dead; no longer living.

    ‘the cremation of a deceased person’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The names of thousands of deceased residents have not been taken off state voting lists because of bureaucratic oversight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She felt tears gathering in the corners of her eyes as she thought about her recently deceased grandmother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fr McCauley from the Dominican Priory celebrated the mass for the living and the deceased members of the community.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In July he married an Australian citizen who had been the de facto spouse of his deceased brother.’
    • ‘His gallery boasts a collection by both living and deceased Missouri painters, many of whom have actually painted the park.’
    • ‘He later accounts for having the gold by claiming that he has received a legacy from a recently deceased relative.’
    • ‘The Applicant in that case questioned the testamentary capacity of the deceased person.’
    • ‘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
    View synonyms

Pronunciation

deceased

/dəˈsist//dəˈsēst/