right to die
- A person's right to refuse medical measures to prolong life, such as mechanical ventilation or hydration and nutrition, especially in the case of terminal illness.
- The right of a person convicted of a capital crime to refuse to resist, such as through further appeals, the state's imposition of the death sentence.
right to die - Legal Definition
The right of a terminally ill person to refuse to have her or his life extended by artificial or heroic means and often called passive euthanasia; the withdrawal of feeding tubes and other artificial means of life support from a terminally ill person. See also advance directive.