Definition of decedent in English:



US Law
  • A person who has died.

    ‘the executor of a decedent's estate’
    • ‘The wrongful death law, the court explained, is designed to punish tortfeasors and to compensate those members of the decedent's family most likely to have suffered pecuniary losses from his death.’
    • ‘The parents of the decedent sued the medical examiner for violating their rights and those of their son to the free exercise of their religion.’
    • ‘Of particular interest will be the age at the time of death, the month of death, and the place of birth of each named decedent.’
    • ‘We excluded hospitals with fewer than 100 decedents with data for physician claims, leaving 77 hospital cohorts.’
    • ‘Taxes on inheritance were more favorable to legitimate than to illegitimate children of the decedent.’
    • ‘Both wives were thus allowed to share equally in the decedent's property.’
    • ‘We selected never smoking decedents and controls aged 60 years or over because there were few younger controls.’
    • ‘Avoiding probate in estate planning allows the decedent's property to be distributed to the designated person at a designated time without substantial costs.’


Late 16th century: from Latin decedent- ‘dying’, from the verb decedere (see decease).