from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A witnessing; a bearing witness; witness.
  • noun A giving by will.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A witnessing or witness.

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  • noun The action of a testator in disposing of property by a will


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  • However, eldest sons were not always favored in testation practices.

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  • Anything called “freedom of testation” just has to be protected by the right to privacy, btw.

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  • In England, at least testation of land was restricted until the Statute of Wills in1540.

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  • Aside from a variance in inheritance traditions, the most discernible ethnic difference in testation practices on the southern Avalon appeared in the status of women in testamentary documents.

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  • The principle of primogeniture was often tempered by concerns for the support and maintenance of widows and daughters, and a concern for more equitable distribution influenced testation practices.

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  • Note 9: Both Johnson and I see greater flexibility in local testation practices than Cadigan, who sees the inheritance regime as a bulwark of the patriarchal family structure.

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  • On the southern Avalon, as elsewhere in Newfoundland, testation practices were marked by a more equitable distribution of property than that advocated by English common law.

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  • Both English and Irish testators in the area shared a preference for fairly equitable testation practices, with accommodation being made for all family members, albeit with a favoring of sons in terms of primary fishing premises.

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  • Certainly, they were not thrown at the mercy of their children by virtue of exclusionary testation practices — a process described by Nanciellen Davis in the context of nineteenth-century New Brunswick as "patriarchy from the grave."

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  • Johnson notes that women's testation practices in Newfoundland, like men's, followed the customary practice of partible inheritance.

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