Law a deceased person
Origin of decedentClassical Latin decedens, present participle of decedere: see decease
A dead person.
Origin of decedentLatin d&emacron;c&emacron;d&emacron;ns, d&emacron;c&emacron;dent-, present participle of d&emacron;c&emacron;dere, 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.