in a company bylaws document, I'm trying to describe situations in which a the term of a company director can be ended. These include death, as well as "going insane" or "losing his mind" - but I'm looking for a more "PC" or "legalese" way of saying this.

Any ideas?

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    Hmm, I think the best EL&U could suggest is a good thesaurus, starting at "insane". Maybe the guys over on Law might have more specific answers?
    – Dan Bron
    Sep 30, 2015 at 9:28
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    Maybe you should ask in law.stackexchange.com in that case.
    – phoog
    Sep 30, 2015 at 9:45
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    Please just stop and get a lawyer to write it. If you really propose to strip somebody of their directorship due to a bout of mental illness, the legal ramifications for the company could be serious.
    – mikeagg
    Sep 30, 2015 at 10:02
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    'non compos mentis'; but definitely what @mikeagg said. Seriously.
    – JHCL
    Sep 30, 2015 at 10:09
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    "Mentally incompetent" is probably the most common description of a nutso person. But the conditions for determining that must be laid out to some degree (if only "as judged by a 2/3rds vote of the board" or some such).
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 30, 2015 at 12:51

2 Answers 2


You can find the related clauses which fit your needs.

(d) a registered medical practitioner who is treating that person gives a written opinion to the company stating that that person has become physically or mentally incapable of acting as a director and may remain so for more than three months;

(e) by reason of that person's mental health, a court makes an order which wholly or partly prevents that person from personally exercising any powers or rights which that person would otherwise have;

I think you can use both of them above

You can change the period from three months to a shorter peirod.


The legal term is non compos mentis.

P.S. If you wanted to avoid Latin: "not of sound mind". It covers an array of conditions that go to the idea of being mentally unfit, whether because of insanity, daily drug stupor, or some other set of circumstances that impair judgment.

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