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Definition: Bequest


What is the dictionary definition of Bequest?

Dictionary Definition

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).

  1. The act of bequeathing or leaving by will.
  2. The transfer of property upon the owner’s death according to the will of the deceased.
  3. That which is left by will; a legacy.
  4. That which has been handed down or transmitted.
  5. A person’s inheritance; an amount of property given by will.
  6. To give as a bequest; bequeath.

Full Definition of Bequest

Any disposal of the estate made under a will except for Immovable property (essentially buildings and land), which is called a ‘Devise’ or money, which is called a ‘Legacy’.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Bequest. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd.
August 17, 2022
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Bequest. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: August 17, 2022).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Bequest. Retrieved August 17, 2022
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Bequest are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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