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testamentary Syllabification: tes·ta·men·ta·ry
Pronunciation: /ˌtestəˈmen(t)ərē/

Definition of testamentary in English:


Of, relating to, or bequeathed or appointed through a will.
Example sentences
  • It is essential that both partners make wills appointing testamentary guardians in the event of their death while the children are still under 18.
  • In both cities, women were the links between natal and marital groups; in both, they exercised more flexibility and show a wider array of testamentary choice.
  • Augustus's testamentary review of legionary strength, and his summation of public revenues and expenses, underlay his recommendation that the borders of the empire be frozen in perpetuity.


Late Middle English: from Latin testamentarius, from testamentum 'a will', from testari 'testify'.

Words that rhyme with testamentary

alimentary, complementary, complimentary, documentary, elementary, parliamentary, rudimentary, sedimentary, supplementary
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