Definition of “death duty” - English Dictionary


“death duty” in English

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death dutynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈdeθ ˌdjuː.ti/ us /ˈdeθ ˌduː.t̬i/ UK

Examples from literature

  • He must have come in for about thirty thousand, besides what he had under that settlement of Roger's, which had avoided death duty. 
  • Ireland being mainly an agricultural country, income tax, death duties, and stamps yield much less per head of the population there than in Great Britain. 
  • On the contrary, where there are no children and no widow to be provided for, death duties might be much increased without causing hardship. 
  • Some nobleman or gentleman, through the extravagance of himself or his ancestors, or on account of the pressure of death duties, finds himself impoverished. 
  • The death duties, especially where a deceased person leaves a large family, already cause much hardship. 

(Definition of “death duty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“death duty” in Business English

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death dutynoun [ C or U ]

uk us UK

TAX →  inheritance tax :

Some assets may escape death duty if they are transferred seven years before death.

(Definition of “death duty” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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