cessation of life, decease, demise, departure from life, dying, ebb of life, end of life, expiration, extinction, extinguishment, failure of vital functions, fatality, loss of life, mortality, passing away, termination of life
associated concepts: accidental death, capital punishment, causa mortis, cause of death, civil death, Dead Man's Statute, death action, death benefits, death by accidental means, death by natural causes, death by violence, death certificate, death gamble, death penalty, death resulting from accident, death resulting from injury, death sentence, death tax, death trap, death warrant, death without issue, deathbed will, homicide, in contemplation of death, injuries resulting in death, instantaneous death, last illness, life expectancy, likely to produce death, mortality tables, natural death, penalty of death, presumption of death, presumptive death, proof of death, registration of death, right to die, simultaneous death, sudden death, time of death, transfer in contemplation of death, unreasonable risk of death, wrongful death
- Crimina morte extinguuntur. — Crimes are extinguished by death.- Actio personalis moritur cum persona. — A personal action dies with the personII index capital punishment, dissolution (termination), end (termination), expiration, fatality, mortality
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
the cessation of life. There is no statutory definition, nor, indeed, a fixed definition at common law. In relation to medical treatment, the court may consider that a person's being in a persistent vegetative state is sufficient to indicate that his or her life need no longer be preserved by artificial means, while not accepting the concept of euthanasia. See Alvedale NHS Trust v. Bland  AC 789; Frenchay Healthcare NHS Trust v . S  TLR 29. It is important in many different legal contexts. Absence of brain-stem activity is coming to be recognised as a sound practical test: Re Baby A (1992) 3 Med. LR 303. Wills take effect on death. For many legal purposes it is possible to obtain a court order declaring that a person died on a certain date by virtue of a presumption of death, which comes into effect in both England and Scotland if a person has not been known to be alive for seven years.
Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001.
n. The end of life, when physical functions and vital signs stop.@ brain deathAn irreversible end to the functioning of the brain. Often used as the legal definition of death.=>> death.@
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.