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double effect

double effect
 n.— «Palliative care, though improved, is not always effective. It is an open secret that many doctors hasten the deaths of patients in pain and misery under the guise of relieving their symptoms, a procedure known as “the double effect.”» —“Life or death decisions” The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland) Mar. 28, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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