non compos

[ non kom-puh s ]
/ ˈnɒn ˈkɒm pəs /

adjective Informal.

Origin of non compos

First recorded in 1620–30

Definition for non compos (2 of 2)

non compos mentis

[ nohn kohm-pohs men-tis; English non kom-puh s men-tis ]
/ ˈnoʊn ˈkoʊm poʊs ˈmɛn tɪs; English ˈnɒn ˈkɒm pəs ˈmɛn tɪs /

adjective Latin.

not of sound mind; mentally incapable of managing one's affairs.
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British Dictionary definitions for non compos

non compos mentis

/ Latin (ˈnɒn ˈkɒmpəs ˈmɛntɪs) /

adjective

mentally incapable of managing one's own affairs; of unsound mind

Word Origin for non compos mentis

Latin: not in control of one's mind
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Word Origin and History for non compos

non compos mentis


Latin, literally "not master of one's mind."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for non compos

non compos mentis

[ nŏn kŏm′pəs mĕntĭs ]

adj.

Not of sound mind and hence not legally responsible; mentally incompetent.
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Culture definitions for non compos

non compos mentis

[ (non kom-puhs men-tis) ]

A phrase used to describe someone who is out of his or her mind and therefore not legally responsible for his or her actions: “It was determined by the court that the killer was non compos mentis.” From Latin, meaning “not having control of the mind.”

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