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Latin. From death of a testator. A legacy or bequest does not vest in the legatee or beneficiary until this event takes place; and therefore, where the legatee predeceases the testator, if there be no provision to the contrary, the legacy lapses, and the legatee's successor takes no benefit under the bequest. The phrase is used to distinguish between those rights under a settlement which vest upon the death of the testator, and those of which the vesting is postponed to a later period. 

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