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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.


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


(US) a deceased person.

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