involuntary admission

noun

Definition of involuntary admission

law
: 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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The first known use of involuntary admission was in 1877

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“Involuntary admission.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/involuntary%20admission. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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