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decedent

[dih-seed-nt] /dɪˈsid nt/
noun, Law.
1.
a deceased person.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin dēcēdent- (stem of dēcēdēns) departing, withdrawing, present participle of dēcēdere. See decease, -ent
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decedent

/dɪˈsiːdənt/
noun
1.
(law, mainly US) a deceased person
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēcēdēns departing; see decease
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Word Origin and History for decedent
n.

1730, "dead person," mostly as a term in law, from Latin decedentem, present participle of decedere "to die, to depart" (see decease (n.)).

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