civil death

noun

Definition of civil death

: the status of a living person equivalent in its legal consequences to natural death specifically : deprivation of civil rights

Examples of civil death in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most civil death laws in the United States have been repealed or successfully challenged in court. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 The concept dates to the colonial era, when certain criminals were shunned and stripped of rights, a practice known as civil death. New York Times, "They Served Their Time. Now They’re Fighting for Other Ex-Felons to Vote.," 11 May 2018 Most civil death laws in the United States have been repealed or successfully challenged in court. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 The concept dates to the colonial era, when certain criminals were shunned and stripped of rights, a practice known as civil death. New York Times, "They Served Their Time. Now They’re Fighting for Other Ex-Felons to Vote.," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of civil death

1719, in the meaning defined above

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“Civil death.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/civil%20death. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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civil death

noun

Legal Definition of civil death

: the status of a living person equivalent in its legal consequences to natural death specifically : deprivation of certain civil rights upon conviction for a serious crime

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