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deceased (adj.)

mid-15c., "dead, departed from life," past-participle adjective from decease (v.). As a verbal noun meaning "dead person, those who are dead," from early 17c.

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Definitions of deceased from WordNet
1
deceased (n.)
someone who is no longer alive;
Synonyms: dead person / dead soul / deceased person / decedent / departed
2
deceased (adj.)
dead;
he is deceased
Synonyms: asleep / at peace / at rest / departed / gone
From wordnet.princeton.edu