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

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

  2. an opponent of assisted suicide

First Known Use of assisted suicide

1884


ASSISTED SUICIDE Defined for English Language Learners

assisted suicide

noun

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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