Deceased, diseased, decedent, descendant – confusing, aren’t they? SO MAYBE A RHYME?

READ A RHYME THAT WILL HELP YOU REMEMBER THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN: deceased, diseased, decedent, and descendant:

A person who died is deceased.

A person who is ill is diseased.

The thing you must remember at least

is that decedent is the same as deceased.

Descendant is yet another term

that should be well known in a law firm.

Remember and don’t go wild:

descendant is a child and grandchild.


Thank you for learning Legal English with me!

Anna Młodawska, LL.M.

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