bequest

[bih-kwest]
noun
1.
a disposition in a will.
2.
a legacy: A small bequest allowed her to live independently.

Origin:
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)
 
n
1.  a.  the act of bequeathing
 b.  something that is bequeathed
2.  law devise Compare devise a gift of property by will, esp personal property
 
[C14: be- + Old English -cwiss degree; see bequeath]

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bequest
c.1300, "act of bequeathing," from be- + *cwis, *cwiss "saying" (related to quoth; from P.Gmc. *kwessiz), 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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Example sentences
Moneys received by gift or bequest and designated for such purposes must also
  be kept in a trust fund and used for such purposes.
His intellectual bequest remains for a new generation of physicists vying to
  concoct a theory of everything.
The bequest is made to three families: and the only matter in dispute is,
  whether one of the third shares should be divided.
My bequest would be meaningless if it didn't reflect my lifelong support for
  the world of arts and letters.
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