living will


: a document in which the signer requests to be allowed to die rather than be kept alive by artificial means if disabled beyond a reasonable expectation of recovery compare advance directive

Examples of living will in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Future living will pose challenges with new need states and business opportunities. Sarah Davanzo, Rolling Stone, 27 Oct. 2023 The conditions of living will determine the quality of life for all regardless of fanciful and contradictory tales of comfort. Hazlitt, 27 Sep. 2023 Having an advance directive, health care proxy, or living will, unfortunately, can be virtually useless in the face of that kind of behavior. Sahaj Kaur Kohli, Washington Post, 22 June 2023 This applies whether your cost of living will be increasing or decreasing. David Rae, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 Unlike a legal will, in which one specifies what do with one’s assets, or a living will, concerning one’s body, ethical wills have evolved over the centuries to allow the deceased to impart life lessons in the hope that they will be followed and fulfilled. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2020 In that sense, a living will, had it been submitted—the change to the law in 2018 eliminated that requirement—would have identified other kinds of loss-absorbing capital, other kinds of liquidity. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2023 At the end of 2022, the Fed and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation stated that Credit Suisse’s living will showed resolution planning governance deficiencies. Mayra Rodriguez Valladares, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 The ‘living will’ TikTok trend has sparked strong emotions This trend on TikTok has sparked a flurry of dueling videos among pregnant women and other people. Jocelyn Contreras, CNN, 18 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of living will was in 1969

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“Living will.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition

living will

: a document in which the signer requests to be allowed to die rather than be kept alive by artificial means in the event of becoming disabled beyond a reasonable expectation of recovery see advance directive

Legal Definition

living will

liv·​ing will
: a document in which the signer indicates preferences or directions for the administration and especially the withdrawal or withholding of life-sustaining medical treatment in the event of terminal illness or permanent unconsciousness see also advance directive compare health care power of attorney at power of attorney
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