assisted suicide


: suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person

Examples of assisted suicide in a Sentence

a doctor who has been involved in several assisted suicides an opponent of assisted suicide
Recent Examples on the Web Others express moral opposition to assisted suicide and say there are no safeguards to protect vulnerable patients from coercion. CBS News, 4 Jan. 2024 Ten states allow medically assisted suicide but before Vermont changed its law only one state - Oregon - allowed non-residents to do it, by not enforcing the residency requirement as part of a court settlement. CBS News, 4 Jan. 2024 The agency responsible for monitoring assisted suicides in Quebec issued a similar reminder over the summer. Alexander Raikin, National Review, 14 Sep. 2023 Fact check: Medically assisted suicide is available for adults in Canada, not children The People’s Voice article also references the New York Post’s coverage of the same study, but the Post does not make any connection between legal euthanasia and climate change. Isabella Fertel, USA TODAY, 6 July 2023 Critics of such laws say without the residency requirements states risk becoming assisted suicide tourism destinations. Lisa Rathke,, 2 May 2023 Plumer has overseen 80 assisted suicide deaths since 2020. Jonel Aleccia, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Apr. 2023 Many patients who seek medical aid in dying feel deeply offended when the medical practice is referred to as suicide or assisted suicide. Ginger Fairchild, CNN, 3 Sep. 2022 Maine Governor Janet Mills signed legislation that legalized medically assisted suicide; Maine became the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication., 12 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of assisted suicide was in 1884

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“Assisted suicide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

assisted suicide

variants also assisted death
: the act of suicide carried out 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)
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

Legal Definition

assisted suicide

: suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person

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