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.

Nearby words

  1. nomura,
  2. nomura, kichisaburo,
  3. non,
  4. non causa pro causa,
  5. non compos,
  6. non est,
  7. non grata,
  8. non licet,
  9. non liquet,
  10. non obst.

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British Dictionary definitions for compos mentis

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 compos mentis

non compos mentis

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

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Medicine definitions for compos mentis

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 compos mentis

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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