Law a deceased person
Origin of decedentClassical Latin decedens, present participle of decedere: see decease
A dead person.
Origin of decedentLatin dēcēdēns dēcēdent- present participle of dēcēdere to depart, die ; see decease .
- (law, chiefly US) A dead person.
- “A check of the nightstands revealed large amounts of prescription medication in the decedent’s name,” the coroner’s notes said, according to TMZ.com. — The Herald Sun, ‘Dangerous drug mix’ likely killed Brittany, New York Post, December 23, 2009 5:27AM
- Removing; departing.
From Latin decedens, present active participle of decedere (“to depart, die”).
decedent - Legal Definition
A person who has died; the term is usually used in trusts and estates and personal injury matters.