Non compis mentis

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Definition of Non compis mentis
The English Definition of this Latin legal phrase is as follows:

 "Not of sound mind"

The basic meaning and definition of the Latin legal term "Non compis mentis" is the complete opposite of Compos mentis which means "of a composed mind)".

This famous legal term is also used as a medical term by doctors when a determination of competency of a patient needs to be made in order to obtain informed consent for treatments and, if necessary, assigning a replacement to make such decisions.

Non compis mentis


Info about 'Non compis mentis'
The exact Latin translation of "Non compis mentis" is the word 'Non' meaning "not", 'compos' meaning "having (command of)", and 'mentis' meaning "mind".

A person deemed to be "Non compis mentis" is mentally incapable of managing one's affairs. The notion that an person who suffers from madness may not bear the full weight of responsibility for their actions dates back to ancient times.

The term is also used in everyday conversations to describe different forms of madness, whether it arise from sickness, lunacy or drunkenness. A person under the heavy influence of drugs can also be described as "Non compis mentis".

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Quotes about "Non compis mentis"
Legal terms like "Non compis mentis" are used in courts by lawyers, attorneys and  judges and also feature in famous quotes:

 “Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind
exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”

Quote by Edgar Allan Poe

“Did you know that childhood is the only time in our lives when insanity is not only permitted to us, but expected?”
Quote by Louis de Bernières


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