involuntary admission


Definition of involuntary admission

: court-ordered institutionalization of a person suffering from mental illness usually upon a finding that the person is dangerous to himself or herself or to others : civil commitment

Note: The requirements for admitting a person involuntarily vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

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First Known Use of involuntary admission

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Involuntary admission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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