Definition of decedent in English:



  • A person who has died.

    ‘to make sure the decedent's property passes to his children’
    • ‘Both wives were thus allowed to share equally in the decedent's property.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).