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deceased

(dĭ-sēst′)
adj.
No longer living; dead.
n. pl. deceased
A dead person.

deceased

adjective Dead, defunct, departed.

noun A person who is dead.

Forensics
Deceased is generally preferred in the UK, while decedent is used in the US.
References in classic literature ?
He had read the medical evidence contained in the report of the inquest; and, believing that he could identify the deceased, had been sent by his present master to assist the object of the inquiry.
Having concluded his statement the witness proceeded to identify the remains of the deceased.
When, however, the closing cadence had fallen on the ears of his auditors, the secret, timorous glances of the eyes, and the general and yet subdued movement of the assemblage, betrayed that something was expected from the father of the deceased.
Throughout the period of her illness the deceased lady occupied the same room--a large bedroom situated (like all the best bedrooms) on the first floor of the house.
Before bed-time I went upstairs to prepare the remains of the deceased lady for the coffin.
The deceased and her daughter had occupied the house in which the corpses were found, for more than six years.
Was sure that the shrill voice was not that of either of the deceased.
It was also made interesting by the testimony of Job Potterson, the ship's steward, and one Mr Jacob Kibble, a fellow-passenger, that the deceased Mr John Harmon did bring over, in a hand-valise with which he did disembark, the sum realized by the forced sale of his little landed property, and that the sum exceeded, in ready money, seven hundred pounds.
Several of the dead man's possessions--notably a small case of razors--had been found in the valet's boxes, but he explained that they had been presents from the deceased, and the housekeeper was able to corroborate the story.
This the deceased lady's-maid was easily prevailed on to do.
The deceased, he said, suffered from a weak heart, but otherwise enjoyed perfect health, and was of a cheerful and well-balanced disposition.
Mrs Clennam shook her head; whether in dismissal of the deceased or opposing herself to her son's opinion, was not clearly expressed.