assisted suicide

noun
Updated on: 29 Mar 2018

Definition of assisted suicide

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

Examples of assisted suicide in a Sentence

  1. a doctor who has been involved in several assisted suicides

  2. an opponent of assisted suicide

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First Known Use of assisted suicide

1884


ASSISTED SUICIDE Defined for English Language Learners

assisted suicide

Definition of assisted suicide for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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 SiegelThe Los Angeles Times14 Nov. 1999

Law Dictionary

assisted suicide

noun

legal Definition of assisted suicide

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

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