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executor

[ig-zek-yuh-ter or for 1, ek-si-kyoo-ter] /ɪgˈzɛk yə tər or for 1, ˈɛk sɪˌkyu tər/
noun
1.
a person who executes, carries out, or performs some duty, job, assignment, artistic work, etc.
2.
Law. a person named in a decedent's will to carry out the provisions of that will.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English executour < Latin execūtor, equivalent to execū(tus) (see execute) + -tor, -tor; replacing Middle English esecutor < Anglo-French essecutour < Latin, as above
Related forms
executorial
[ig-zek-yuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ɪgˌzɛk yəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
executorship, noun
preexecutor, noun
subexecutor, noun
unexecutorial, adjective
Can be confused
executor, trustee, trusty.
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British Dictionary definitions for executorial

executor

/ɪɡˈzɛkjʊtə/
noun
1.
(law) a person appointed by a testator to carry out the wishes expressed in his will
2.
a person who executes
Derived Forms
executorial, adjective
executorship, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French executour, from Latin execūtor, from ex-1 + sequi follow
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Word Origin and History for executorial

executor

n.

late 13c., from Anglo-French executour, from Latin executorem/exsecutorem, agent noun from exsequi/exsequi (see execution). Fem. form executrix is attested from late 14c.

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Encyclopedia Article for executorial

executor

in law, person designated by a testator-i.e., a person making a will-to direct the distribution of his estate after his death. The system is found only in countries using Anglo-American law; in civil-law countries the estate goes directly to the heir or heirs. The executor is usually a surviving spouse or other relative and achieves his position in most states even before the will is entered into probate, the judicial proceedings for determining the validity of the will. In all instances he is required to post a bond with the court as assurance that he will not abscond with the assets. He is required to dispose of the property in accordance with the provisions of the will. He must collect all debts due to the estate, as well as pay all those that are owed by the testator. He must then distribute the assets to heirs and legatees. If there is no will and no real estate and the heirs are able to agree upon the distribution of the estate, then an executor is not needed.

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