Living-will meaning

The definition of a living will is a legally enforceable directive that you issue indicating whether you want extreme measures taken to save your life in the event that you are seriously ill and unable to make medical decisions.

An example of a living will is a document you right saying that you do not want to be put on life support or have other extreme measures taken to save your life.

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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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A legal document expressing one's intentions regarding future healthcare, life-support, resuscitation, etc. in the event that one becomes incapable of giving informed consent.
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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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A document that lets the creator state his or her preferences about what type of medical treatment should be given in the event that he or she becomes terminally ill or severely injured and is unable to declare his or her intentions. A living will dictates whether the person is to be fed intravenously or to be put on a respirator, among other health-care directives.
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A document signed by an individual directing manner in which he wishes to be medically treated if in a vegetative or terminal state, designed to give guidance to loved ones and health care providers as to the desires of an individual if he is no longer able to properly communicate such desires.
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(law) 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.
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