Intestate In*tes"tate, n. (Law) A person who dies without making a valid will. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

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  • intestate — in·tes·tate 1 /in tes ˌtāt/ adj [Latin intestatus, from in not + testatus testate] 1: having not made a valid will died intestate 2: not disposed of by a valid will intestate property an intestate estate; specif: transmitted according to statuto …   Law dictionary

  • intestate — in‧tes‧tate [ɪnˈtesteɪt, stt] adverb LAW die intestate to die without having made a proper will (= an official document, stating who will have your money, property etc after you die): • You need someone to administer the estate of a relative who …   Financial and business terms

  • Intestate — In*tes tate, a. [L. intestatus; pref. in not + testatus, p. p. of testari to make a will: cf. F. intestat. See {Testament}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Without having made a valid will; without a will; as, to die intestate. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] Airy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intestate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not having made a will before one dies. ► NOUN ▪ a person who has died intestate. DERIVATIVES intestacy noun …   English terms dictionary

  • intestate — [in tes′tāt΄, in tes′tit] adj. [ME < L intestatus < in , not + testatus, pp. of testari, to make a will: see TESTAMENT] 1. having made no will 2. not disposed of by a will n. a person who has died intestate …   English World dictionary

  • intestate — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. intestat (13c.) and directly from L. intestatus having made no will, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + testatus, pp. of testari make a will, bear witness (see TESTAMENT (Cf. testament)). As a noun, one who has not… …   Etymology dictionary

  • intestate — To die without a will. A person is said to die intestate when he dies without making a will, or dies without leaving anything to testify what his wishes were with respect to the disposal of his property after his death. Under such circumstances,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • intestate — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin intestatus, from in + testatus testate Date: 14th century 1. having made no valid will < died intestate > 2. not disposed of by will < an intestate estate > II. n …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • intestate — /in tes tayt, tit/, adj. 1. (of a person) not having made a will: to die intestate. 2. (of things) not disposed of by will: Her property remains intestate. n. 3. a person who dies intestate. [1350 1400; ME < L intestatus, equiv. to in IN 3 +… …   Universalium

  • intestate — in•tes•tate [[t]ɪnˈtɛs teɪt, tɪt[/t]] adj. 1) law not having made a will: to die intestate[/ex] 2) law not disposed of by will: Her property remains intestate[/ex] 3) law a person who dies intestate • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < L intestātus;… …   From formal English to slang

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