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  • n  someone who is incapacitated by a chronic illness or injury
  • s  somewhat introverted
  • s  confined usually by illness

  • Sebire's goal remains fixed: circumvent the 2005 law passed following a controversial mercy killing by a mother and doctor of a tetrapalegic, blind, and virtually shut-in patient .
  • France's standing law was written in 2005, after a mother and doctor provoked the death of a young man who no longer wanted to live in his paralyzed, virtually shut-in condition.
  • Since the 1985 auto accident that left Wu Shu-chen confined to a wheelchair, however, Taiwan's First Lady has refused to become a shut-in.

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