in·tes·tate (ĭn-tĕstāt′, -tĭt) Law
1. Having made no legal will: an intestate parent.
2. Not disposed of by a legal will: intestate lands.
One who dies without a legal will.
[Middle English, from Old French intestat, from Latin intestātus : in-, not; see IN-1 + testātus, testate, from past participle of testārī, to make a will; see TESTAMENT.]
in·testa·cy (-tə-sē) n.
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