Definition of assisted suicide in English:

assisted suicide


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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Much more controversial are euthanasia and assisted suicide.’
    • ‘Suicide and attempted suicide are no longer crimes in Australia, but voluntary euthanasia or assisted suicide is illegal.’
    • ‘Doctors call it assisted suicide even when they don't ask the patient.’
    • ‘In practice, many physicians oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia, and hospitals have barred assisted suicide from their premises.’
    • ‘Wouldn't euthanasia or assisted suicide only be available to people who are terminally ill?’
    • ‘Legalising physician assisted suicide would carry a high risk of undermining the care of all dying patients.’
    • ‘The discussion of assisted suicide and euthanasia is the latest topic to be dominated by hysterical fears.’
    • ‘If assisted suicide or euthanasia were to be legalized, psychologists would play a key role in reducing possible abuses of the process.’
    • ‘Only once those dilemmas have been resolved, should we even begin to think about legalising either assisted suicide or euthanasia in this country.’
    • ‘No physician engaged in euthanasia or medically assisted suicide should be responsible for diagnosing brain death.’
    • ‘Despite their complexity, assisted suicide and euthanasia are both gaining acceptance.’
    • ‘The growing concern about health care costs increases the risks presented by legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia.’
    • ‘To conduct physician assisted suicide effectively, doctors would probably have to administer drugs parenterally.’
    • ‘In most places, both assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia are unlawful, although there are some exceptions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Several polls on euthanasia and assisted suicide have been conducted among physicians.’
    • ‘Once they start down the road to assisted suicide, such a patient would find it difficult to turn back.’


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