Etymology
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decedent (n.)

1730, "dead person," now mostly as a term in U.S. law, from Latin decedentem, present participle of decedere "to die, to depart" (see decease (n.)).

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Definitions of decedent

decedent (n.)
someone who is no longer alive;
Synonyms: dead person / dead soul / deceased person / deceased / departed
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