Civil Death

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Meaning of Civil Death

A man convicted of treason or who adjured the realm or went into a monastery was said to be civilly dead. The state of a person , who though possessing natural life, has lost all civil rights and as to them is considered dead. Hayoshi v Lorenz, (Cal.App.) 258 P.2d 1039.

Civil Death Alternative Definition

That change of state of a person which is considered in the law as equivalent to death. See “Death.”

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Civil death in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

Extinction of civil rights. A bankrupt is regarded as civilly dead. 101 U.S. 406 (1879). Civilitur mortuus – civilly dead.

Note: This legal definition of Civil death in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

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