Ademption Definition

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.
American Heritage
The extinction of a legacy by, or inferred from, an act of the testator before death, as by the disposal of the bequeathed property.
Webster's New World

The reduction, extinction, or withdrawal of a devise or legacy by some act of the testator, before his or her death, that clearly indicates an intent to diminish or revoke it. See also ademption by extinction, ademption by satisfaction, abatement, advancement, and lapse.

Webster's New World Law

(law) In the law of wills, the determination of what happens when property left under a will is no longer in the testator's estate when the testator dies.


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

  • From Latin adēmptiō (“a taking away”), from adēmptus, perfect passive participle of adimō (“take away”), from ad (“to, towards, at”) + emō (“buy; obtain, take”).

    From Wiktionary

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