Nonvoluntary Euthanasia Law and Legal Definition

Non voluntary euthanasia is a type of euthanasia, wherein, euthanasia is performed on an incompetent person. It is performed on a person against his/her will. A person is considered incompetent when s/he is incapable of understanding the nature and consequences of the decision to be made and is not capable of communicating this decision. In the case of nonvoluntary euthanasia, the wishes of the patient are not known.

An example of nonvoluntary euthanasia is when a doctor gives a lethal injection to an incompetent elderly man who is suffering greatly from an advanced terminal disease, but who did not make his wishes known to the physician when he was competent.