Definition of deceased in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈsiːst/
formal or Law


(the deceased)
The recently dead person in question: the judge inferred that the deceased was confused as to the extent of his assets
More example sentences
  • Damages were reduced by two thirds for the deceased's contributory negligence.
  • They found that the dead body of the deceased bore injuries on the head, face, knees and heels of his feet and from every angle it was looking like a cold blooded murder.
  • The first three of those questions would only arise if it were held that the deceased died domiciled in Saudi Arabia.


Recently dead: the deceased man’s family [postpositive]: the will of Christopher Smith deceased
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  • Instead, the personal representatives of the deceased person were permitted to maintain an action in any case where, if he had not died, he himself might have sued.
  • Applications can be made by the personal representative of a deceased patient, and anyone who may have a claim arising out of the patient's death.
  • In July he married an Australian citizen who had been the de facto spouse of his deceased brother.
dead, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed away;
late, lost, lamented;
perished, fallen, slain, slaughtered, killed, murdered;
lifeless, not breathing, having breathed one's last, defunct, extinct, inanimate, insentient, insensate, inert
informal (as) dead as a doornail, six feet under, pushing up daisies, under the sod
euphemistic with God, asleep, at peace
rare demised, exanimate

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