Chapter 4. Definition of Mental Capacity

  1. Bridgit Dimond

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470697665.ch4

Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity

Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity

How to Cite

Dimond, B. (2008) Definition of Mental Capacity, in Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470697665.ch4

Author Information

  1. Emeritus Professor, University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405133593

Online ISBN: 9780470697665



  • mental capacity;
  • decision making;
  • impairment;
  • mental capacity act;
  • mental inability


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Why is capacity important?

  • Presumption that capacity exists

  • How is mental capacity defined?

  • References