Definition of Intestate

1. Adjective. Having made no legally valid will before death or not disposed of by a legal will. "Intestate property"

Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Antonyms: Testate

Definition of Intestate

1. a. Without having made a valid will; without a will; as, to die intestate.

2. n. A person who dies without making a valid will.

Definition of Intestate

1. Adjective. Without a valid will indicating whom to leave one's estate to after death. ¹

2. Adjective. Not devised or bequeathed; not disposed of by will. ¹

3. Noun. (legal) A person who dies without making a valid will. ¹

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Definition of Intestate

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Literary usage of Intestate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"In an action involving title to a certificate of deposit, claimed by plaintiff as a gift from plaintiff's intestate, the admission of alleged irrelevant ..."

2. A Treatise on the Law of Executors and Administrators by Edward Vaughan Williams, Walter Vere Vaughan Williams (1877)
"(i) Therefore, if the intestate should leave an uncle, and the son of another ... (&) So if the next of kin of the intestate should be nephews and nieces, ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"The statute of 1822 enacts, that "when any person having title to real estate of inheritance shall die intestate as to such estate, it shall descend and ..."

4. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1916)
"Land inherited by an intestate from her maternal great-uncle does not come to the ... 511, holding that land so inherited will pass on her death intestate ..."

5. A Complete History of Connecticut, Civil and Ecclesiastical: From the by Benjamin Trumbull (1898)
"The legislature viewed the consequences of annulling the law relative to intestate estates as so terrible, that they determined to spare no pains or expense ..."

6. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1916)
"That on the 30th day of August, 1912, the intestate of the plaintiff was on a freight train running from Spencer in the state of North Carolina to ..."

7. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"intestate estates.—I494! In case a person made no disposition of such of his goods as were testable, whether that were only part or the whole of them, ..."

8. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, Charles M. Barnes (1884)
"Chapman, (6) it was said, that though the distribution was to be according to the laws of the country of the domicile of the intestate, yet that his debts ..."

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