from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A will in which the signer requests not to be kept alive by medical life-support systems in the event of a terminal illness.
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- n. A document, made by a person when still legally fit to do so, expressing his desire to be allowed to die instead of being kept alive by artificial means, in the event of being severely disabled or suffering from a terminal illness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A document signed by an individual expressing his/her desire that, in the event of an illness from which there is no reasonable expectation of recovery, aggressive or extraordinary measures to prolong life, such as resuscitation and life-support equipment, should not be used.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a document written by someone still legally capable requesting that he should be allowed to die if subsequently severely disabled or suffering terminal illness
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