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Death

death n

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



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.