- n.the act of taking life to relieve suffering. In voluntary euthanasia the sufferer asks for measures to be taken to end his or her life. This may be accomplished by active steps, usually the administration of a drug, or more passively, for example by deliberately withholding treatment. In compulsory euthanasia society or those acting on authority give instructions to terminate the lives of individuals, such as infants, who cannot express their wishes. In no country is compulsory euthanasia legal, but many societies exist to promote the cause of voluntary euthanasia.
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