bequest
be·quest /bi-'kwest/ n: an act of bequeathing; also: something bequeathed: legacy
de·mon·stra·tive bequest /di-'män-strə-tiv-/: a bequest of a particular amount of money or property to be distributed first from one source in the estate and then from other sources to the extent that the first is insufficient
general bequest: a bequest that is to be distributed from the general assets of the estate and that is not a particular thing
spe·ci·fic bequest /spə-'si-fik-/: a bequest of a particular item or part of an estate or that is payable only from a specified source in the estate and not from the general assets

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

bequest
I noun bequeathal, birthright, demise, devisal, devise, endowment, entail, gift, heirdom, heirloom, hereditament, heritable, heritage, inheritance, legacy, legatum, patrimony, testamentary disposition, testamentary gift associated concepts: bequest by implication, bequest for life, bequest in trust, devise, gift, inheritance foreign phrases:
- Nemo plus commodi haeredi suo relin quit quam ipse habuit. — No one leaves a greater advantage for his heir than he himself had
II index benefit (conferment), contribute (supply), contribution (donation), devolution, donation, dower, endowment, estate (hereditament), grant, hereditament, heritage, inheritance, legacy

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


bequest
n.
A gift of personal property made in a will; a legacy.

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


bequest
a gift in a will.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


bequest
Personal property (anything but real estate) left under the terms of a will.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


bequest
n.
1 A gift of personal property (usually other than money) by means of a will. Also, any personal property given by means of a will.
See also devise, legacy.
2 In a broader sense, any gift of property by means of a will. Also, any property given by means of a will, including a devise or a legacy.
@ conditional bequest
A bequest that is effective or continues unless some particular event does or does not occur. For example, a bequest from a parent to a child that is to effective only if the child is still a minor at the time of the parent's death is a conditional bequest, because the parent may die after the child reaches adulthood.
=>> bequest.
@ executory bequest
A bequest that does not take effect until after the occurrence of a particular event. For example, a bequest from a parent to a child that is effective only if the child is 18 years of age or older at the time of the parent's death is an executory bequest, because the child must have first reached his 18th birthday to receive it.
=>> bequest.
@ general bequest
A bequest of a general type of property rather than of a specific item of personal property. For example, a bequest of "furniture" rather than "oak chair." A bequest to be paid out of the general assets of the testator's estate.
=>> bequest.
@ pecuniary bequest
=>> legacy.
=>> bequest.
@ residuary bequest
A bequest of what remains in the testator's estate after the payment of debts and the satisfaction of all other bequests.
=>> bequest.
@ specific bequest
A bequest of a specific item of personal property.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


bequest
A gift of personal property, such as money, stock, bonds, or jewelry, owned by a decedent at the time of death which is directed by the provisions of the decedent's will; a legacy.

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


bequest
A gift of personal property, such as money, stock, bonds, or jewelry, owned by a decedent at the time of death which is directed by the provisions of the decedent's will; a legacy.

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

bequest
n.
   the gift of personal property under the terms of a will. Bequests are not always outright, but may be "conditional" upon the happening or non-happening of an event (such as marriage), or "executory" in which the gift is contingent upon a future event. Bequest can be of specific assets or of the "residue" (what is left after specific gifts have been made).
   See also: legacy, will

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Bequest — Be*quest , n. [OE. biquest, corrupted fr. bequide; pref. be + AS. cwide a saying, becwe[eth]an to bequeath. The ending est is probably due to confusion with quest. See {Bequeath}, {Quest}.] 1. The act of bequeathing or leaving by will; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bequest — Be*quest , v. t. To bequeath, or leave as a legacy. [Obs.] All I have to bequest. Gascoigne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bequest — (n.) c.1300, act of bequeathing, from BE (Cf. be ) + *cwis, *cwiss saying (related to QUOTH (Cf. quoth); from P.Gmc. *kwessiz; Cf. BEQUEATH (Cf. bequeath)), with excrescent t. Meaning that which is bequeathed is recorded from late 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • bequest — [n] something given in will bequeathal, bequeathment, bestowal, devisal, devise, dower, endowment, estate, gift, heritage, inheritance, legacy, settlement, trust; concepts 318,337 …   New thesaurus

  • bequest — ► NOUN 1) the action of bequeathing. 2) something that is bequeathed …   English terms dictionary

  • bequest — [bikwest′] n. [ME biquest < be , BE + OE quiss, a saying < cwethan, to speak (see QUOTH); t is unhistoric] 1. the act of bequeathing 2. anything bequeathed …   English World dictionary

  • Bequest — A bequest is the act of giving (not the act of receiving) property by will.[1] Strictly, bequest is used of personal property, and devise of real property. In legal terminology, bequeath is a verb form meaning to make a bequest. (From Old English …   Wikipedia

  • bequest — /bakwest/ A gift (transfer) by will of personal property; a legacy. Disposition of realty in will is termed devise. See also charitable bequest demonstrative bequest devise general bequest legacy …   Black's law dictionary

  • bequest — /bakwest/ A gift (transfer) by will of personal property; a legacy. Disposition of realty in will is termed devise. See also charitable bequest demonstrative bequest devise general bequest legacy …   Black's law dictionary

  • bequest — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ generous, large ▪ The library has received a generous bequest from a local businessman. ▪ charitable VERB + BEQUEST ▪ leave (sb) …   Collocations dictionary

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