of sound mind

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of sound mind

1. Having full, unimpaired thought, memory, and cognitive understanding; able to think and understand for oneself. My grandfather may be in a wheel-chair at 94, but he's still of sound mind—sharper than a lot of people I know, actually!
2. law By extension, being fully mentally competent and thus able to stand trial or be otherwise legally responsible. The state-appointed psychiatrist determined that the defendant was not of sound mind when signing the contract, and thus is not legally bound to honor the terms therein.
See also: mind, of, sound
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She claims her mother was not of sound mind when she decided to donate the estate and that the house was rightfully hers because she paid for an extensive renovation ten years ago.
Due to this trauma, the child had become incontinent and was sent to Elazyy- Mental and Neurological Disorders Hospital with the conclusion that "he is not of sound mind.
In order to establish whether Jones was not of sound mind the jury would have to answer yes to three specific questions about his mental capacity on that fateful day.
If your father is not of sound mind, as the legal term goes, that is one thing and should prompt you to intervene, but you didn't mention this in your letter.
Insanity or mental incompetence is a contentious defence and laws are in place to protect those who are genuinely not of sound mind, Mr Rau said.
Outside the courtroom she expressed regret for her actions and claimed she was not of sound mind when she sold the baby.
A Will can only be challenged if there is adequate evidence to prove that the person who made the Will was not of sound mind at the time when the Will was made.
It bothers me further that it is suggested that Geraldine was not of sound mind during the time we were doing business together," Mr.
And the fact that someone is suicidal maybe suggests they are not of sound mind and therefore shouldn't be allowed to make this decision.
He added that the government's welfare center in Riyadh refused to accept her as she was not of sound mind and feared her mixing with other inmates would aggravate her illness.
It comes as no surprise to learn this week then that the doner kebab is not of sound mind, body and nutritional content.
The defense counsel insisted that Oshima was not of sound mind or was in a state of diminished responsibility at the time of the crime, citing his clinical records, and sought psychiatric tests.
The term, probably derived in around 1676 from the Latin non compos mentis - not of sound mind - came top of a poll, ahead of the word love.
Anyone with a medical condition that makes fasting difficult, those who are not of sound mind or are pregnant do not have to fast.
His motives remain unclear, but mental-health experts say Cho was obviously not of sound mind.