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Definition describes a person who died without a legally valid will; or describes property left by such a person
  • She died intestate.
intestate = without a will
  • intestate property
  • She died intestate, so the property will be divided according to state intestacy statutes.
  • He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • intestate = describes a person who died without a legally valid will; or describes property left by such a person
  • Wildeve had died intestate, and she and the child were his only relatives.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Ralph, having died intestate, and having no relations but those with whom he had lived in such enmity, they would have become in legal course his heirs.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Windy attorneys to their client woes, Airy succeeders of intestate joys, Poor breathing orators of miseries!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Soon the careless nobleman forgot all about his former mistress and the child she had borne him; then, as we know, he died intestate.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • So, the turnkey thought about it all his life, and died intestate after all.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The first rule that we follow, says Mr. Kent, touching inheritance, is the following:—If a man dies intestate, his property goes to his heirs in a direct line.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • "For example, then," continued Holgrave: "a dead man, if he happens to have made a will, disposes of wealth no longer his own; or, if he die intestate, it is distributed in accordance with the notions of men much longer dead than he.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • For by her predeceasing her daughter the latter would have come into possession of the property, and, even had she only survived her mother by five minutes, her property would, in case there were no will, and a will was a practical impossibility in such a case, have been treated at her decease as under intestacy.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Testate or intestate?
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row

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