Definition of intestate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈtesteɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtesteɪt//
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not having made a will (= a legal document that says what is to happen to a person’s property when they die) See related entries: Legal documents Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin intestatus, from in- ‘not’ + testatus ‘testified, witness’ (past participle of testari, from testis ‘a witness’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: intestate