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deceased definition

Overview

This page has 5 definitions of deceased in English. Deceased is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use deceased in a sentence are shown. Also define these 9 related words and terms: alive, dead, law, property law, decedent, criminal law, victim, homicide, and person.

English

Etymology

From decease +‎ -ed, from Middle English deceas via Old French [Term?], from Latin dēcessus (departure), equivalent to dēced-, variation of dēcēdō, dēcēdere (to go away).

Pronunciation

Adjective

deceased (not comparable)

  1. No longer alive; dead.
    • Monty Python
      That parrot is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not ’alf an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein’ tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.
  2. Belonging to the dead.
    The executor’s commission for winding up the deceased estate was 3.5%.
  3. (law) One who has died. In property law, the alternate term decedent is generally used. In criminal law, “the deceased” refers to the victim of a homicide.
    • Decedent definition
      A dead person.

Usage notes

  • Not to be confused with diseased (affected with or suffering from disease).

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Noun

deceased (plural deceased or deceaseds)

  1. A dead person.
    The deceased was interred in his local churchyard.
    a memorial to the deceased of two World Wars
  2. (law) One who has died. In property law, the alternate term decedent is generally used in US English. In criminal law, “the deceased” refers to the victim of a homicide.

Usage notes

Deceased or decedent is commonly used in legal and journalistic settings. Departed is most commonly used in religious settings.

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