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[tes-tey-ter, te-stey-ter] /ˈtɛs teɪ tər, tɛˈsteɪ tər/
noun, Law.
a person who makes a will.
a person who has died leaving a valid will.
1275-1325; < Latin testātor; see testate, -tor; replacing Middle English testatour < Anglo-French Unabridged
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Examples for testator
  • The question presented is whether in a will contest the hearsay statements of a testator are admissible to prove undue influence.
  • There the testator's will left his entire estate to the appellant, his nephew.
  • It is well settled that a will is not valid until properly executed, including the signing by the testator.
  • Indeed, courts must give effect to any lawful intent of the testator, regardless of the reasonableness of conditions imposed.
British Dictionary definitions for testator


a person who makes a will, esp one who dies testate
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French testatour, from Late Latin testātor, from Latin testārī to make a will; see testament
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