assisted suicide

suicide of a terminally ill person that involves an assistant who serves to make dying as painless and dignified as possible
Hypernyms: ↑suicide, ↑self-destruction, ↑self-annihilation

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noun, pl ⋯ -cides
: suicide with help from another person (such as a doctor) to end suffering from severe physical illness

a doctor who has been involved in several assisted suicides


an opponent of assisted suicide

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asˌsisted ˈsuicide 7 [assisted suicide] noun uncountable
the act of a person killing himself/herself with the help of sb such as a doctor, especially because he/she is suffering from a disease that has no cure

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • assisted suicide — n. suicide committed with the assistance of a physician by a person terminally ill or in unmanageable pain …   English World dictionary

  • Assisted suicide — Detail of The Death of Socrates. A disciple is handing Socrates a goblet of hemlock …   Wikipedia

  • Assisted suicide — Deliberate hastening of death performed by a terminally ill patient with assistance from a doctor, family member, or other individual. See Active euthanasia. * * * assisted suicide n suicide by an individual facilitated by means or information… …   Medical dictionary

  • assisted suicide — UK [əˌsɪstɪd ˈsuːɪsaɪd] / US [əˌsɪstəd ˈsuɪˌsaɪd] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms assisted suicide : singular assisted suicide plural assisted suicides the act of helping someone to die when that person is already dying and in pain and… …   English dictionary

  • assisted suicide — noun Date: 1976 suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person; especially physician assisted suicide …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • assisted suicide — suicide aided by a person, esp. a physician, who organizes the logistics of the suicide, as by providing the necessary quantities of a poison. [1985 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • assisted suicide — noun Suicide with the help of another person; especially suicide of a terminally ill person with the help of a physician; euthanasia …   Wiktionary

  • assisted suicide — the act of helping a patient to commit suicide by giving them the means (e.g. drugs) to do so. Aiding and abetting a suicide is technically a criminal offence in England and Wales. However, a number of recent cases involving terminally ill… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • assisted suicide — assist′ed su′icide n. med suicide aided by a person, esp. a physician, who organizes the logistics of the suicide, as by providing the necessary quantities of a poison • Etymology: 1975–80 …   From formal English to slang

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