oxford views updated May 11 2018
in·tes·tate / inˈtestāt; -tit/ •
adj. not having made a will before one dies: he died intestate | in the event of his death intestate. ∎ of or relating to a person who dies without having made a will: his brother's posthumous children are admissible as intestate heirs.•
n. a person who has died without having made a will.DERIVATIVES: in·tes·ta·cy / -təsē/ n.
oxford views updated May 18 2018
XIV. — L. intestātus
, f. IN-2
, pp. of testārī
bear witness, make a will, f. testis
witness; see -ATE2
gale views updated Jun 08 2018
The description of a person who dies without making a valid will or the reference made to this condition.