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1) adj. dead. 2) n. the person who has died, as used in the handling of his/her estate, probate of will and other proceedings after death, or in reference to the victim of a homicide (as: "The deceased had been shot three times.") In probate law the more genteel word is the "decedent."
deceasedadjective bereft of life, dead, defunct, demised, departed, deprived of life, destitute of life, devoid of life, exanimate, former, late, lifeless, no longer living, passed away, passed on, perished
Associated concepts: dead man's statute, deceased child, deceased debtor, deceased persons, estate of deceased person, transaction or communication with deceased perron, transaction with person since deceased
Foreign phrases: Cadaver nullius in bonis.A dead body is no one's property.
See also: corpse, dead, decedent, defunct, late, lifeless