advance directive

noun

Definition of advance directive

  1. :  a legal document (as a living will) signed by a competent person to provide guidance for medical and health-care decisions (as the termination of life support or organ donation) in the event the person becomes incompetent to make such decisions

1984

First Known Use of advance directive

1984


Medical Dictionary

advance directive

play
noun ad·vance di·rec·tive \əd-ˈvan(t)s-də-ˈrek-tiv, -dī-\

Medical Definition of advance directive

  1. :  a legal document (as a living will) signed by a living competent person in order to provide guidance for medical and health-care decisions (as the termination of life support and organ donation) in the event that the person becomes incompetent to make such decisions


Law Dictionary

advance directive

noun

Legal Definition of advance directive

  1. :  a document (as a living will or health care power of attorney) in which a person expresses his or her wishes regarding medical treatment in the event of incapacity


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up advance directive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to decrease in size, extent, or degree

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ