causa mortis adj[Latin mortis causa in contemplation of death]
: made or done in contemplation of one's impending death [rejected his claim that the gift was causa mortis "W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al. "] usually used following the term it modifies see also gift causa mortis at gift compare inter vivos
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