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Meaning of “living will” in the English Dictionary

"living will" in British English

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living willnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us  
a written ​document in which a ​person says what ​type of ​medicaltreatment they would like if they ​become so ​ill that they are ​certain to ​die and are ​unable to ​communicatetheirwishes about ​theirtreatment
(Definition of living will from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"living will" in American English

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living willnoun [C]

 us   /ˈlɪv·ɪŋ ˈwɪl/
a written ​document in which you ​state the ​types of ​medicaltreatment you do not ​want if you ​become so ​ill that you will ​diesoon
(Definition of living will from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"living will" in Business English

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living willnoun [C]

uk   us  
LAW a written ​document in which a ​personexpresses their wishes about what they want to ​happen if they become too ill to make decisions about their ​medicaltreatment or ​legalsituation: draw up/make/prepare a living will She had ​drawn up a ​living will saying she did not want ​doctors to ​keep her alive if she were seriously ill.
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