Definition of testamentary in English:


Line breaks: tes¦ta¦ment|ary
Pronunciation: /ˌtɛstəˈmɛnt(ə)ri


  • Relating to or bequeathed or appointed through a will: a testamentary bequest testamentary guardianships
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    • 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'.

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