Felo De Se Law and Legal Definition

Felo de se is a Latin phrase which means “felon of himself.” This is an ancient legal term which means suicide. An adult who committed suicide was considered as a felon and was punishable by forfeiture of property to the king. However, a child or a mentally incompetent person who kill themselves was not considered a felo de se and was not punished. Felo de se is not commonly used in modern legal practice.