The failure of certain property to be passed on by will because such property is no longer owned by the testator or because the testator nullified the legacy by some act subsequent to the making of the will.
(law) The extinction of a legacy by, or inferred from, an act of the testator before death, as by the disposal of the bequeathed property.
Origin of ademption
- Latin adēmptiō adēmptiōn- a taking away from adēmptus past participle of adimere to take away ad- ad- emere to buy, take em- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition