civil commitment

noun

Legal Definition of civil commitment

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

Learn More about civil commitment

Cite this Entry

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

Comments on civil commitment

What made you want to look up civil commitment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!