non compos mentis

  1. not of sound mind, memory, or understanding; in law, not competent to go to trial
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How To Use non compos mentis In A Sentence

  • My position on euthanasia is actually derived from the ancient Greek one; that is, I am generally in favour of allowing it, as long as the person being euthanized is in perfectly sound mental condition, not non compos mentis, and has positively re-affirmed his decision at least three times over the period of at least a suspended period of time to allow for reconsideration (say 15 or 30 days). Matthew Yglesias » Bishops and Abortion
  • I had had a few beers and was completely non compos mentis.
  • Eleanor also resented the stigma associated with admission, in that it would make her ever incapable of anie complaint but ever held or taken to be person non compos mentis to the perpetuall blott and infame of her familie and posteritie.60 Bedlam
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