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(law) The act of giving or leaving personal property by a will.
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Something that is bequeathed; a legacy.
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The act of bequeathing.
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Anything bequeathed.
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The act of giving assets such as cash, property, cars, or stocks to a beneficiary through a will.
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A gift of personal property (usually other than money) by means of a will. Also, any personal property given by means of a will. See also devise and legacy.
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In a broader sense, any gift of property by means of a will. Also, any property given by means of a will, including a devise or a legacy.
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A bequest that is effective or continues unless some particular event does or does not occur. For example, a bequest from a parent to a child that is to effective only if the child is still a minor at the time of the parent’s death is a conditional bequest, because the parent may die after the child reaches adulthood.
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A bequest that does not take effect until after the occurrence of a particular event. For example, a bequest from a parent to a child that is effective only if the child is 18 years of age or older at the time of the parent’s death is an executory bequest, because the child must have first reached his 18th birthday to receive it.
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A bequest of a general type of property rather than of a specific item of personal property. For example, a bequest of “furniture” rather than “oak chair.” A bequest to be paid out of the general assets of the testator’s estate.
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See legacy.
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A bequest of what remains in the testator’s estate after the payment of debts and the satisfaction of all other bequests.
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. A bequest of a specific item of personal property.
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The act of bequeathing or leaving by will.
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The transfer of property upon the owner's death according to the will of the deceased.
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That which is left by will; a legacy.
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That which has been handed down or transmitted.
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A person's inheritance; an amount of property given by will.
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To give as a bequest; bequeath.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bequest
Plural:
bequests

Origin of bequest

  • Middle English biquest (influenced by biquethen to bequeath) bi- be- quist will (from Old English -cwis) (as in andcwis answer gwet- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bequeste (“will, testament, bequest”), from be- + queste (“saying, utterance”), from Old English *cwist, *cwiss, from Proto-Germanic *kwissiz (“saying”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷet- (“to say”). Related to Old English andcwiss (“answer, reply”), Old English uncwisse (“dumb, mute”), Middle English bequethen (“bequeath”). More at quoth, bequeath.

    From Wiktionary