intestate

Part of speech: adjective

Not having made a valid will.

Part of speech: adjective

Not legally bequeathed.

Part of speech: noun

A person who dies intestate.

Part of speech: noun

Intestacy.

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Usage examples "intestate":

  1. Now every one is permitted to make a woman his heir if he pleases; and if he dies intestate, he who succeeds as heir at law gives it to whom he pleases. - "Politics A Treatise on Government", Aristotle.
  2. The cause was simply, that a relation, a very distant one, to whom he was heir, had died intestate, leaving a considerable fortune. - "Maria The Wrongs of Woman", Mary Wollstonecraft.
  3. 2 But by the law, as now settled by our constitution, when a child in power is given in adoption to a stranger by his natural father, the power of the latter is not extinguished; no right passes to the adoptive father, nor is the person adopted in his power, though we have given a right of succession in case of the adoptive father dying intestate. - "The Institutes of Justinian", Caesar Flavius Justinian.