One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative Having made a valid will before one dies.
- ‘It was brought to our knowledge that the forementioned client died in testate and nominated no next of kin to the title over the investments made with the bank.’
- ‘Currently the rights enjoyed by married couples, such as the automatic right of inheritance in the event of a spouse dying in testate or the right of succession to certain tenancies and to pension funds, are denied to non-married couples.’
- ‘The law of in testate succession, that under certain circumstances can be quite confusing, will then determine who inherits how much of the estate.’
- ‘If you die testate, then all your possessions will be distributed in the way you set out in your will.’
A person who has died leaving a will.
Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin testatus ‘testified, witnessed’, past participle of testari, from testis ‘a witness’.
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