assisted suicide

noun

Definition of assisted suicide 

: suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person especially : physician-assisted suicide

Examples of assisted suicide in a Sentence

a doctor who has been involved in several assisted suicides an opponent of assisted suicide

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He was transferred to a hospital in Belgium, where his father lived, and which allows assisted suicide. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Woman whose ex killed himself after she attacked him with acid gets life sentence," 25 May 2018 Australia bans assisted suicide, so Goodall flew from his home in Perth to Switzerland, where the practice is legal. Editors, USA TODAY, "Gina Haspel's confirmation hearing, Pompeo visits North Korea: 5 things to know Wednesday," 9 May 2018 In Switzerland, and some U.S. states, assisted suicide — where patients administer the lethal drug themselves, under medical supervision — is permitted. NBC News, "Portugal's parliament rejects euthanasia, doctor-assisted suicide," 30 May 2018 In Switzerland, and some U.S. states, assisted suicide — where patients administer the lethal drug themselves, under medical supervision — is permitted. Barry Hatton, The Seattle Times, "Portugal considers allowing euthanasia, assisted suicide," 28 May 2018 Not only has the church been historically opposed to medically assisted suicide and euthanasia, its representatives have often vocally advocated on behalf of keeping terminally ill or vegetative patients on life support indefinitely. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "David Goodall’s physician-assisted suicide raises wider questions.," 21 May 2018 The 104-year-old Australian scientist made headlines last week with his plan to die by assisted suicide in Switzerland. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "104-Year-Old Scientist Dies by Assisted Suicide After Flying to Switzerland to End His Life," 10 May 2018 Australia prohibits assisted suicide, but the state of Victoria legalized it last year, allowing terminally ill patients to start ending their lives in 2019. Sun-Sentinel.com, "104-year-old scientist who traveled to Switzerland to end his life says he's ready to die," 9 May 2018 Many suffer from terminal or incurable illnesses, which is also a valid reason for seeking assisted suicide in some other nations, including Belgium and the Netherlands that have an even more liberal stance. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "This 104-year old Australian academic wants to die — and Switzerland is ready to help," 3 May 2018

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assisted suicide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of assisted suicide

: suicide with help from another person (such as a doctor) to end suffering from severe physical illness

assisted suicide

noun
variants: also assisted death

Medical Definition of assisted suicide 

: suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person Surveys also show assisted suicides are taking place covertly, often without a doctor's help. — Mark O'Keefe, The Sunday Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 5 Oct. 1997 especially : physician-assisted suicide Six of the 15 patients who chose assisted suicide in the act's first year had to ask more than one doctor before finding a physician who would write a lethal prescription. — Barry Siegel, The Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 1999

assisted suicide

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Legal Definition of assisted suicide 

: suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person especially : physician-assisted suicide

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