Definition of predecease in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpriːdɪˈsiːs/


[with object]
Die before (another person, typically a relative): his second wife predeceased him
More example sentences
  • Dad was predeceased by his beloved wife Tena, six brothers and four sisters.
  • Few people apart from experts in the field have any inkling that Nietzsche predeceased his sister by some 35 years.
  • They had a family of five daughters and one son John, the latter who sadly predeceased his father.


A death preceding that of another person.
Example sentences
  • It reads, ‘Private: for the hands of G.J. Utterson ALONE, and in case of his predecease to be destroyed unread.’

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