non compos

non compos

adjective Informal.

  1. non compos mentis.

adjective Latin.

  1. not of sound mind; mentally incapable of managing one’s affairs.


  1. mentally incapable of managing one’s own affairs; of unsound mind

Latin, literally “not master of one’s mind.” adj.

  1. Not of sound mind and hence not legally responsible; mentally incompetent.

A phrase used to describe someone who is out of his or her mind and therefore not legally responsible for his or her actions: “It was determined by the court that the killer was non compos mentis.” From Latin, meaning “not having control of the mind.”

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