Intestate meaning

ĭn-tĕs'tāt', -tĭt
Having made no legal will.

An intestate parent.

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Not disposed of by a legal will.

Intestate lands.

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One who dies without a legal will.
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Having made no will.
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Not disposed of by a will.
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A person who has died intestate.
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The condition of having died without a will.
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Without a valid will indicating whom to leave one's estate to after death.
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Not devised or bequeathed; not disposed of by will.
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(law) A person who dies without making a valid will.

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Origin of intestate

  • Middle English from Old French intestat from Latin intestātus in- not in–1 testātus testate from past participle of testārī to make a will testament
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin intestātus, from in- (“not”) + testātus (“testate”).
    From Wiktionary