- Assisted suicide
- Deliberate hastening of death performed by a terminally ill patient with assistance from a doctor, family member, or other individual. See Active euthanasia.
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assisted suicide — noun suicide of a terminally ill person that involves an assistant who serves to make dying as painless and dignified as possible • Hypernyms: ↑suicide, ↑self destruction, ↑self annihilation • Hyponyms: ↑physician assisted suicide * * * noun, pl… … Useful english dictionary
assisted suicide — UK [əˌsɪstɪd ˈsuːɪsaɪd] / US [əˌsɪstəd ˈsuɪˌsaɪd] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms assisted suicide : singular assisted suicide plural assisted suicides the act of helping someone to die when that person is already dying and in pain and… … English dictionary
assisted suicide — noun Date: 1976 suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person; especially physician assisted suicide … New Collegiate Dictionary
assisted suicide — suicide aided by a person, esp. a physician, who organizes the logistics of the suicide, as by providing the necessary quantities of a poison. [1985 90] * * * … Universalium
assisted suicide — noun Suicide with the help of another person; especially suicide of a terminally ill person with the help of a physician; euthanasia … Wiktionary
assisted suicide — the act of helping a patient to commit suicide by giving them the means (e.g. drugs) to do so. Aiding and abetting a suicide is technically a criminal offence in England and Wales. However, a number of recent cases involving terminally ill… … The new mediacal dictionary
assisted suicide — assist′ed su′icide n. med suicide aided by a person, esp. a physician, who organizes the logistics of the suicide, as by providing the necessary quantities of a poison • Etymology: 1975–80 … From formal English to slang