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To dispose of Personal Property owned by a decedent at the time of death as a gift under the provisions of the decedent's will.The term bequeath applies only to personal property. A testator, to give real property to someone in a testamentary provision, devises it. Bequeath is sometimes used as a synonym for devise.

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v. to give personal property under provisions of a will (as distinct from "devise" which is to give real estate). 2) the act of giving any asset by the terms of a will. (See: will, bequest)

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to dispose of property by will.
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TO BEQUEATH. To give personal property by will to another.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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His bequeathal to them is "Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give to you.
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