A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will is considered a "deathbed" will, meaning that it is a safety for people struck with a terminal illness and robbed of the ability or time to draft a proper written will.
Nuncupative wills are only recognized in a few states and usually only in compelling situations such as the impending death of a soldier in wartime. Those states will admit a nuncupative will only if the testator died as a result of the impending peril. A nuncupative typically will neither revoke nor change an existing written will.