Definition of living will in English:

living will

Syllabification: liv·ing will

noun

  • A written statement detailing a person’s desires regarding their medical treatment in circumstances in which they are no longer able to express informed consent, especially an advance directive.
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    • As nurses, we need to be knowledgeable about the legal implications of advance directives, living wills, health care agent, and conservator of person.
    • Other issues that need to be addressed with patients and caregivers include advance directives, the living will and the durable power of attorney.
    • This has led critics to regard advance directives as living wills.

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