Definition of right-to-die in US English:



  • Pertaining to, expressing, or advocating the right to refuse extraordinary measures intended to prolong someone's life when they are terminally ill or comatose.

    • ‘Earlier the President of the High Court Family Division, Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, expressed fears that she herself could become ‘emotionally involved’ in the right-to-die battle.’
    • ‘A month later, John was on his ideological high horse again, charging into Oregon to overthrow that state's right-to-die law that had been passed by popular referendum.’
    • ‘The brain damaged woman has been at the center of a right-to-die dispute for the past 14 years.’
    • ‘Many members are referred by right-to-die groups in countries where assisted suicide is illegal.’
    • ‘‘They have done the right-to-die advocates a huge favor by making this the No. 1 subject of conversation all across the country,’ he says.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, a precedent for the right-to-die position may be found in the Phaedo, where Socrates argues against prolonging life at any cost.’
    • ‘Huff portrays a minister, a paramedic, a right-to-die advocate, a local pet mortician, an ex-boyfriend and her own mother.’
    • ‘It was previously used to put four people out of their misery in the Northern Territory of Oz, but has been redundant since 1997 when the Federal Parliament in Canberra stepped in to overrule the state's right-to-die legislation.’
    • ‘The sad case of Terri Schiavo, the comatose Florida woman at the center of a right-to-die battle, has thrown a harsh national spotlight on the decisions families and caregivers face when a patient is close to death.’
    • ‘Terri Schiavo died at a Florida hospice today after the longest right-to-die battle in this country's history.’
    • ‘It has won support from right-to-die campaigners, including the widower of Diane Pretty, the motor neurone disease sufferer who lost her High Court fight to have her husband help her end her life.’
    • ‘The mother-of-two, who suffered from motor neurone disease, had begun experiencing breathing difficulties 10 days ago, just three days after she lost her right-to-die court challenge.’
    • ‘However, leading US right-to-die activist Dr Jack Kevorkian, known as Dr Death, was convicted in 1999 of second-degree murder.’
    • ‘She clearly wasn't forthright with her family, and it sounds as if she wasn't so honest about her condition to the right-to-die movement, either.’
    • ‘As well as screenings, the RIDM is presenting a series of forums on issues ranging from right-to-die campaigns, aboriginal struggles in film-making, the crisis in Haiti and the ethics and aesthetics of editing.’
    • ‘The film offers similarly complex insight into the right-to-die debate as well.’
    • ‘It's the longest right-to-die case in the history of American law.’
    • ‘Activists framed state right-to-die initiatives, senators sponsored bills banning assisted suicide, and courts began issuing an unending series of deeply confused rulings.’
    • ‘Joining me now for the analysis on this right-to-die case and its implications to our society, is our senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.’
    • ‘That is why we both support the right-to-die campaign.’