- a document instructing physicians, relatives, or others to refrain from the use of extraordinary measures, as life-support equipment, to prolong one's life in the event of a terminal illness.
Origin of living will
First recorded in 1970–75
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- 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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- A will in which the signer requests not to be kept alive by medical life-support systems in the event of a terminal illness.
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