tes·ta·ment /'tes-tə-mənt/ n [Latin testamentum, from testari to call as a witness, make a will, from testis witness]
1: an act by which a person determines the disposition of his or her property after death
a testament of property
2: will
◇ A testament was formerly concerned specifically with personal property, as in the phrase last will and testament. Now a will covers both personal and real property and the terms will and testament are generally synonymous, but the phrase lives on.
tes·ta·men·ta·ry /ˌtes-tə-'men-tə-rē/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun agreement, binding agreement, contract, covenant, engagement, expression of conviction, formal declaration, legal will, promise, solemn agreement, solemn promise, testamentary declaration, testamentary decree, testamentum, will, writing associated concepts: codicil, last will and testament, testamentary capacity, testamentary devise, testamentary trust foreign phrases:
- Omne testamentum morte consummatum est. — Every will or testament is consummated by death.
II index certificate, codicil, will (testamentary instrument)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A will; the part of a last will and testament that disposes of someone’s personal property.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

n. A document disposing of a person's personal property upon his or her death, distinct from a will, which is a devise of real estate.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Another name for a will.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Another name for a will.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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