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advance directive

a living will or durable power of attorney in which a person states his or her wishes regarding medical treatment in the event of mental incompetency or an inability to communicate.
Origin of advance directive
1980-85 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for advance-directive

advance directive

another name for living will
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Contemporary definitions for advance-directive

a legal document written in which the signer asks not to be kept alive by extraordinary medical effort when suffering from terminal illness or severely disabled; a prior statement of refusal to permit certain types of medical treatment; also called living will , health-care directive , directive to physicians


An advance directive takes effect if you cannot communicate your own health-care decisions.

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