non compos mentis

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non compos mentis

(nahn calm-pose meant-is) adj. referring to someone who is insane, or not mentally competent to conduct one's affairs. (See: compos mentis, competent)

non compos mentis

adjective abnormal, bereft of reason, crazed, crazy, declared insane, defective, deprived of one's wits, deranged, dim-witted, dissased in mind, disoriented, distraught, dull-witted, idiotic, insane, insanely deluded, lunatic, mad, maddened, manic, maniacal, mental, mentally deficient, mentally diseased, mentally ill, mentally sick, mentally unnound, mindless, moronic, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, out of one's senses, out of one's wits, psychologiially abnormal, psychopathic, psychotic, raving, senseless, simple-minded, unbalanced, unsettled, unsettled in one's mind, unsound, unstable, utterly senseless
Associated concepts: insanity, lack of capacity

NON COMPOS MENTIS, persons. These words signify not of sound mind, memory, or understanding. This is a generic term, and includes all the species of madness, whether it arise from, 1, idiocy; 2, sickness 3, lunacy or 4, drunkenness. Co. Litt. 247; 4 Co. 124; 1 Phillim. R. 100; 4 Com. Dig. 613; 5 Com. Dig. 186; Shelf. on Lunatics, 1; and the articles Idiocy; Lunacy.

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John Brydall, Non Compos Mentis: Or, the Law Relating to Natural Fools, Mad-Folks, and Lunatick Persons, Inquisited, and Explained, for Common Benefit (London, 1700), p.