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 has asked for your help

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  • assisted suicide — Suicide of a terminally ill or otherwise incapable person with help (such as painless drugs) from a physician, family member, or other individual. A form of euthanasia, assisted suicide is illegal in almost all states. Category: Divorce & Family… …   Law dictionary

  • assisted suicide — n. suicide committed with the assistance of a physician by a person terminally ill or in unmanageable pain …   English World dictionary

  • Assisted suicide — Detail of The Death of Socrates. A disciple is handing Socrates a goblet of hemlock …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — Deliberate hastening of death performed by a terminally ill patient with assistance from a doctor, family member, or other individual. See Active euthanasia. * * * assisted suicide n suicide by an individual facilitated by means or information… …   Medical 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


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