compos mentis


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compos mentis

n. (calm-pose-men-tis) Latin for having a sound mind. (See: non compos mentis)

compos mentis

‘having one's right mind’, usually used in the context of saying that the person concerned is not intoxicated or insane.

COMPOS MENTIS. Of sound mind. See non compos mentis.

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There is a tangled semantic web of words such as 'idiot', 'lunatic', fatuus, stultus, mente captus, non compos mentis, lucida intervalla, that is not resolved by appeals to the written record.
Bentwood who lives in the desert (which Gaitis illustrates with Mahleresque descriptions of the flora fauna and monsoons) is like Chance the Gardener pretty much non compos mentis. So is the President.
I believe he wasn't diagnosed until June, and I saw him only on Sunday, when he knew he was dying but was totally compos mentis and was reflecting upon what had been a pretty good life.
group dynamics with his new piece, "Non Compos Mentis." The work features a large group, with a soloist, and shifts between surreal slowness and dynamic motifs.
In addition, Lederer has also patiently sifted the minutes of Bavaria's Aulic Council (Hofrat), which investigated over three hundred suicides between 1611 and 1670 trying to determine whether these "self-murderers" were compos mentis (Lederer has already published five articles in German and one in English about suicide in Bavaria [340]).
What is the meaning of the Latin term non compos mentis?
"I know even if she did not want to talk to us, if she were fully compos mentis I know we would have had a postcard to say she was all right and just angry with my dad.
'The Circus' concludes the exhibition with the series of drawings made by Lautrec when he was interned in 1899 to prove to the doctors that he was compos mentis. Exquisitely drawn but exceedingly strange, they are psychologically far removed from the spectacle of Montmartre.
There I was, shufflin' down an aisle suffering a mild case of compos mentis Alpo[TM], a condition in which your brain assumes the consistency of a popular brand of canned dog food, when BANG!, a detonation reverberated through the place from somewhere off to my three o'clock.
That is what the UK Select Committee should be worrying about building up (not about a counterfactual breakdown), if we are all to reach the optimal and inevitable while we are still compos mentis and able to benefit from it!