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living will

noun

Simple Definition of living will

  • law : a document in which you say what medical decisions should be made if you become too sick or injured to make those decisions

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of living will

  1. :  a document in which the signer requests to be allowed to die rather than be kept alive by artificial means if disabled beyond a reasonable expectation of recovery — compare advance directive


Medical Dictionary

living will

noun

Medical Definition of living will

  1. :  a document in which the signer requests to be allowed to die rather than be kept alive by artificial means in the event of becoming disabled beyond a reasonable expectation of recovery—see advance directive




Law Dictionary

living will

noun liv·ing will

Legal Definition of living will

  1. :  a document in which the signer indicates preferences or directions for the administration and especially the withdrawal or withholding of life-sustaining medical treatment in the event of terminal illness or permanent unconsciousness — see also advance directive — compare health care power of attorney at power of attorney




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