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living will

n.
A document in which the signer states his or her wishes regarding medical treatment that sustains or prolongs life, especially by invasive or extraordinary means, for use if the signer becomes mentally incompetent or unable to communicate.
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living will

n
(Law) a document stating that if its author becomes terminally ill, his or her life should not be prolonged by artificial means, such as a life-support machine
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liv′ing will′


n.
a document in which a person stipulates that no extraordinary measures are to be used to prolong his or her life in the event of a terminal illness.
[1965–70]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.living will - a document written by someone still legally capable requesting that he should be allowed to die if subsequently severely disabled or suffering terminal illnessliving will - a document written by someone still legally capable requesting that he should be allowed to die if subsequently severely disabled or suffering terminal illness; "after he discovered he had AIDS he drew up a living will"
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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Translations

liv·ing will

n. testamento hecho por una persona en completo estado de salud en el que dispone que en caso de peligro de muerte no se use ningún medio artificial para prolongarle la vida.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

living will

n testamento vital
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References in periodicals archive ?
Living will (advance health care directive): It's important that each spouse understand the other's wishes for certain medical situations and end-of-life decisions.
The Utah Advance Health Care Directive Act went into effect in January 2008, which created the Advance Directive.
She alleged, inter alia, that the hospital, and the physicians had mistreated her mother, first by injuring her peritoneum during thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery on August 14, 2002, then by neglecting and concealing the prospect of infection--which eventually caused multiple organs to fail--and by performing numerous other surgeries, against the decedent's wishes as spelled out in her Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD).
An attorney who has written legal books for consumers explains the need for an Advance Health Care Directive in the event of one's incapacitation.
Although most people initially think otherwise, the law in most states does not allow an advance health care directive to tie one's hands.
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