non compos mentis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj non compos mentis not of sound mind, memory, or understanding; in law, not competent to go to trial
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Non compos mentis Not of sound mind; not having the regular use of reason; hence, also, as a noun, an idiot; a lunatic; one devoid of reason, either by nature or from accident.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

In the law this crime is called Non compos mentis lex talionis sic transit gloria mundi.
"The Prince and The Pauper, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
In the law this crime is called Non compos mentis lex talionis sic transit gloria mundi.
"The Prince and The Pauper, Part 7." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Now and again would come a suppressed whistle, and then a low humming sound, backed up by a vacant non-compos-mentis smile.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
NON COMPOS MENTIS (L.), not of sound mind.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
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