Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Propound Definition:

To offer a document as being authentic or valid.

To offer or propose a document as being authentic or valid.

To propound a will is to offer it for probate.

Used mostly in the law of wills; to propound a will means to take legal action to have it authenticated, as part of probate, including a formal inspection of the will, by the court.

The 1885 edition of John Bouvier's dictionary:

"Propound: To offer; to propose; as the onus propandi in every case lies upon the party who propounds a will."

William Anderson's definition:

"Propound: to bring forward; to proffer for judicial action; to propose as genuine: as, to propound a will for probate."

At page 651 of Sweet's Law Dictionary:

"Propound: An executor or other person is said to propound a will or other testamentary paper when he institutes an action for obtaining probate in solemn form."


  • Anderson, William, A Dictionary of Law, Consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims and an Exposition of the Principles Law: Comprising a Dictionary and Compendium of American and English Jurisprudence (Chicago: T. H. Flood and Company, Law Publishers, 1889)
  • Sweet, Charles, A Dictionary of English Law (London: Sweet Law Publishers, 1882), at page 651

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