intestacy

intestacy

[in-tes-tuh-see]
noun
the state or fact of being intestate at death.

Origin:
1760–70; intest(ate) + -acy

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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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