in testate

intestate

[in-tes-teyt, -tit]
adjective
1.
(of a person) not having made a will: to die intestate.
2.
(of things) not disposed of by will: Her property remains intestate.
noun
3.
a person who dies intestate.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin intestātus, equivalent to in- in-3 + testātus testate

interstate, intestate, intrastate.
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intestate (ɪnˈtɛsteɪt, -tɪt)
 
adj
1.  a.  (of a person) not having made a will
 b.  (of property) not disposed of by will
 
n
2.  a person who dies without having made a will
 
[C14: from Latin intestātus, from in-1 + testātus, from testārī to bear witness, make a will, from testis a witness]
 
in'testacy
 
n

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intestate
late 14c., from L. intestatus "having made no will," from in- "not" + testatus, pp. of testari "make a will, bear witness" (see testament).
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