death n: a permanent cessation of all vital bodily functions: the end of life see also brain death, civil death
◇ Death is usu. defined by statute and for purposes of criminal homicide has been held to include brain death.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun 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 foreign phrases:
- Crimina morte extinguuntur. — Crimes are extinguished by death.
- Actio personalis moritur cum persona. — A personal action dies with the person
II index capital punishment, dissolution (termination), end (termination), expiration, fatality, mortality

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The moment at which life ceases; the condition of being dead; see also brain death

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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 [1993] AC 789; Frenchay Healthcare NHS Trust v . S [1994] 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. . 2001.

n. The end of life, when physical functions and vital signs stop.
@ brain death
An irreversible end to the functioning of the brain. Often used as the legal definition of death.
=>> death.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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