Definition of assisted suicide in English:

assisted suicide

noun

  • [mass noun] Suicide effected with the assistance of another person, especially the taking of lethal drugs provided by a doctor for the purpose by a patient suffering from a terminal illness or incurable condition:

    ‘lawyers sought clarification regarding the position of health care professionals in cases of assisted suicide’
    [count noun] ‘rather than endure the slow, unrelenting progress of the illness, she has chosen an assisted suicide in Zurich’
    • ‘Suicide and attempted suicide are no longer crimes in Australia, but voluntary euthanasia or assisted suicide is illegal.’
    • ‘Several polls on euthanasia and assisted suicide have been conducted among physicians.’
    • ‘What happens to autonomy and compassion when assisted suicide and euthanasia are legally practiced?’
    • ‘In my view, physician assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia are a matter of personal choice and human rights.’
    • ‘Wouldn't euthanasia or assisted suicide only be available to people who are terminally ill?’
    • ‘In most places, both assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia are unlawful, although there are some exceptions.’
    • ‘If assisted suicide or euthanasia were to be legalized, psychologists would play a key role in reducing possible abuses of the process.’
    • ‘Despite their complexity, assisted suicide and euthanasia are both gaining acceptance.’
    • ‘As a result, a special Senate committee reviewed the issues surrounding euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada.’
    • ‘It is the only state to have sanctioned physician assisted suicide and also allows marijuana to be used for medical purposes.’
    • ‘Legalising physician assisted suicide would carry a high risk of undermining the care of all dying patients.’
    • ‘Doctors call it assisted suicide even when they don't ask the patient.’
    • ‘No physician engaged in euthanasia or medically assisted suicide should be responsible for diagnosing brain death.’
    • ‘Much more controversial are euthanasia and assisted suicide.’
    • ‘To conduct physician assisted suicide effectively, doctors would probably have to administer drugs parenterally.’
    • ‘Once they start down the road to assisted suicide, such a patient would find it difficult to turn back.’
    • ‘Only once those dilemmas have been resolved, should we even begin to think about legalising either assisted suicide or euthanasia in this country.’
    • ‘The discussion of assisted suicide and euthanasia is the latest topic to be dominated by hysterical fears.’
    • ‘In practice, many physicians oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia, and hospitals have barred assisted suicide from their premises.’
    • ‘The growing concern about health care costs increases the risks presented by legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia.’

Pronunciation:

assisted suicide

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