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bequest

[bih-kwest] /bɪˈkwɛst/
noun
1.
a disposition in a will.
2.
a legacy:
A small bequest allowed her to live independently.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English biqueste, biquyste, equivalent to bi- be- + quiste will, bequest, Old English -cwis(se) (with excrescent t, as in behest), noun derivative of cwethan to say; on the model of bequethen bequeath
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bequest

/bɪˈkwɛst/
noun
1.
  1. the act of bequeathing
  2. something that is bequeathed
2.
(law) a gift of property by will, esp personal property Compare devise (sense 4), devise (sense 5)
Word Origin
C14: be- + Old English -cwiss degree; see bequeath
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Word Origin and History for be quest

bequest

n.

c.1300, "act of bequeathing," from be- + *cwis, *cwiss "saying" (related to quoth; from Proto-Germanic *kwessiz; cf. bequeath), with excrescent -t. Meaning "that which is bequeathed" is recorded from late 15c.

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bequest

in law, generally a gift of property by will or testament. The term is used to denote the disposition of either personal or real property in the event of death.

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