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Decedent

An individual who has died. The term literally means "one who is dying," but it is commonly used in the law to denote one who has died, particularly someone who has recently passed away.

A decedent's estate is the real and Personal Property that an individual owns upon his or her death.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

decedent

n. the person who has died, sometimes referred to as the "deceased."

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decedent

(US) a deceased person.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

DECEDENT. In the acts of descent and distribution in Pennsylvania, this word is frequently used for a deceased person, testate or intestate.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.