civil death


civil death
civil death n: the status of a living person equivalent in its legal consequences to natural death; specif: deprivation of certain civil rights upon conviction for a serious crime

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

civil death
n.
1 Historically, the loss of all civil rights by a person who had been sentenced to death or declared an outlaw for committing a felony or treason. This included the loss of right to contract, the right to sue, and the right to protection under the law.
2 Today, the loss of certain civil rights, such as the right to vote by a person convicted of or sentenced to imprisonment for a felony. The rights lost, and for what crimes or sentences, varies state to state.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


civil death
The forfeiture of rights and privileges of an individual who has been convicted of a serious crime.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


civil death
The forfeiture of rights and privileges of an individual who has been convicted of a serious crime.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Civil death — (Latin: civiliter mortuus)[1] is a term that refers to the loss of all or almost all civil rights by a person due to a conviction for a felony or due to an act by the government of a country that results in the loss of civil rights. It is usually …   Wikipedia

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  • civil death — n. Law Historical the condition of a person who forfeits or is deprived of all civil rights * * * …   Universalium

  • civil death — n. Law Historical the condition of a person who forfeits or is deprived of all civil rights …   English World dictionary

  • civil death — The extinction of all civil rights, such as occurred at common law upon a person being banished, abjuring the realm, or entering a religious order, and to a certain extent upon conviction of any felony. It has been held in the United States that… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • civil death — noun Date: 1719 the status of a living person equivalent in its legal consequences to natural death; specifically deprivation of civil rights …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • civil death — The state of a person who, though possessing natural life, has lost all civil rights and as to them is considered civilly dead. Hiroko Kawakita Hayashi v. Lorenz, Cal.App., 258 P.2d 1039, 1042. In some states, persons convicted of serious crimes… …   Black's law dictionary

  • civil death — The state of a person who, though possessing natural life, has lost all civil rights and as to them is considered civilly dead. Hiroko Kawakita Hayashi v. Lorenz, Cal.App., 258 P.2d 1039, 1042. In some states, persons convicted of serious crimes… …   Black's law dictionary

  • civil death — noun 1. the legal status of a person who is alive but who has been deprived of the rights and privileges of a citizen or a member of society; the legal status of one sentenced to life imprisonment • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms:… …   Useful english dictionary


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