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

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1719

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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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