What does Euthanasia mean?

Definitions for Euthanasiaˌyu θəˈneɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. euthanasia, mercy killing(noun)

    the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)


  1. Euthanasia(n.)

    the act or process of putting to death for humane purposes; -- used to refer to the killing of animals in order to relieve or avoid pain.

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. ; e'y^ well + death, , , to die: cf. F. euthanasie.]


  1. euthanasia(Noun)

    The practice of intentionally and painlessly killing a human being or animal for humane reasons, especially in order to end great suffering or poor quality of life.

    Euthanasia is the most difficult part of a veterinarian's job.

  2. euthanasia(Noun)

    An easy death, or the means to bring about such a death.

  3. Origin: First attested in 1606, from εὐθανασία, from εὐ- + θάνατος

Webster Dictionary

  1. Euthanasia(noun)

    an easy death; a mode of dying to be desired

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. ; e'y^ well + death, , , to die: cf. F. euthanasie.]


  1. Euthanasia

    Euthanasia refers to the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. There are different euthanasia laws in each country. The British House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics defines euthanasia as "a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering". In the Netherlands, euthanasia is understood as "termination of life by a doctor at the request of a patient". Euthanasia is categorized in different ways, which include voluntary, non-voluntary, or involuntary. Voluntary euthanasia is legal in some countries and U.S. states. Non-voluntary euthanasia is illegal in all countries. Involuntary euthanasia is usually considered murder. As of 2006, euthanasia is the most active area of research in contemporary bioethics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Euthanasia

    ū-than-ā′zi-a, n. an easy mode of death.—Also Euthan′asy. [Gr. euthanasiaeu, well, thanatos, death.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Euthanasia

    The act or practice of killing or allowing death from natural causes, for reasons of mercy, i.e., in order to release a person from incurable disease, intolerable suffering, or undignified death. (from Beauchamp and Walters, Contemporary Issues in Bioethics, 5th ed)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Euthanasia in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Euthanasia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Shoji Nakanishi:

    If such a law is passed, it could lead to euthanasia.

  2. Sigrid Dierickx:

    During the first years after legalization physicians may have been more hesitant to grant and perform euthanasia.

  3. Shannon Johnstone:

    The saddest thing is there is no alternative for animal overpopulation other than euthanasia, no other tool in their arsenal.

  4. Michael Blackwell:

    We shouldn’t compound the problems for birds by subjecting them to a particularly miserable and protracted means of euthanasia.

  5. Scott Kim:

    I think there needs to be a lot more transparency of what actually happens when assisted suicide or euthanasia is provided, right now the Dutch system is the most transparent.

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