decedents

decedent

[dih-seed-nt]
noun Law.
a deceased person.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin dēcēdent- (stem of dēcēdēns) departing, withdrawing, present participle of dēcēdere. See decease, -ent

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decedent (dɪˈsiːdənt)
 
n
chiefly (US) law a deceased person
 
[C16: from Latin dēcēdēns departing; see decease]

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decedent
1730, "dead person," mostly as a term in law, from L. decedentem, prp. of decedere "to die, to depart" (see decease).
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