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Definition of euthanasia noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the practice (illegal in most countries) of killing without pain a person who is suffering from a disease that cannot be cured synonym mercy killing
  2. 2 They argued in favor of legalizing voluntary euthanasia (= people being able to ask for euthanasia themselves).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: euthanasia