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decedent Line breaks: de|ce¦dent
Pronunciation: /dɪˈsiːd(ə)nt/

Definition of decedent in English:


US Law
A deceased person.
Example sentences
  • Taxes on inheritance were more favorable to legitimate than to illegitimate children of the decedent.
  • We excluded hospitals with fewer than 100 decedents with data for physician claims, leaving 77 hospital cohorts.
  • We selected never smoking decedents and controls aged 60 years or over because there were few younger controls.


Late 16th century: from Latin decedent- 'dying', from the verb decedere (see decease).

Words that rhyme with decedent

antecedent, needn't, precedent
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