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life

(Period of existence), noun anima, continuance, cycle, duration, endurance, existence, lastingness, lifetime, period, period of survival, span, survival, term, term of activvty, term of effectiveness, time, time from birth to death, vita
Associated concepts: life annuity, life estate, life expectancy, life imprisonment, life insurance company, life interest, life tenant
Foreign phrases: Non nasci, et natum mori, paria sunt.Not to be born, and to be born dead, are the same. La ley favour la vie d’un homme. The law favors human life.

life

(Vitality), noun activeness, activity, alacritas, animation, ardor, breeziness, briskness, drive, dynamic quality, dynamism, eagerness, effervescence, energy, exuberance, fieriness, fire, impassionedness, intensity, jocularity, jocundity, joviality, liveliness, lustiness, spirit, sprightliness, verve, vigor, vim, vis, vivacity, zeal, zest, zestfulness
See also: entity, lifetime, practice, spirit, survival

LIFE. The aggregate of the animal functions which resist death. Bichat.
     2. The state of animated beings, while they possess the power of feeling and motion. It commences in contemplation of law generally as soon as the infant is able to stir in the mother's womb; 1 Bl. Com. 129; 3 Inst. 50; Wood's Inst. 11; and ceases at death. Lawyers and legislators are not, however, the best physiologists, and it may be justly suspected that in fact life commences before the mother can perceive any motion of the foetus. 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 291.
     3. For many purposes, however, life is considered as begun from the moment of conception in ventre sa mere. Vide Foetus. But in order to acquire and transfer civil rights the child must be born alive. Whether a child is born alive, is to be ascertained from certain signs which are always attendant upon life. The fact of the child's crying is the most certain. There may be a certain motion in a new born infant which may last even for hours, and yet there may not be complete life. It seems that in order to commence life the child must be born with the ability to breathe, and must actually have breathed. 1 Briand, Med. Leg. 1ere partie, c. 6, art. 1.
     4. Life is presumed to continue at least till one hundred years. 9 Mart. Lo. R. 257 See Death; Survivorship.
     5. Life is considered by the law of the utmost importance, and its most anxious care is to protect it. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 202-3.

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Paul Cronin, who lives in East Bridge Street, said: "We found a lifebelt thrown in the river about a week ago and the council replaced that.
Mr Garnick said: "There have been less lifebelts going missing and there has been no re-occurrence of the rope swings in the tree where the boy died.
This summer Wirral council is to launch a new campaign called 'Steal a lifebelt - steal a life' and stickers will be placed on all lifebelts to warn vandals of the dangers of damaging them.
Attempts to throw a lifebelt to the man by a number of policemen were unsuccessful until Andreas Bunkus arrived at the scene.
Rope attached to a lifebelt next to the tree where the seven-year-old lost his life was wrenched away by a thief on a motorcycle.
Mr Brierley rushed to the spot, known locally as the Giant's Cave, to help and threw a lifebelt down into the sea where the man was fighting to stay conscious in the freezing water.
Lifebelt Witness Lee-ann Finnie, 25, said: 'The man took off his Celtic top and laid it on the pavement.
Gissa lifebelt, la" didn't have the same ring to it.
Police said the life of Graham Motion, 20 - who plunged into the River Tay - could have been saved if lifebelt stands at the river's edge had not been tampered with, but police found them empty.
Parma was feared lost outbound, after no word for 50 days and a body in a Parma lifebelt was washed ashore, until sighted by the Liverpool liner Avelona Star, in the south Atlantic Picture: n marsh, Daily Post archive
Days after Jack Madin drowned in the River Wansbeck in the Riverside Park, by Ashington, a motorbiker, in full view of joggers, cut the rope off a lifebelt and drove off.
A mother whose 10-year-old son drowned in the River Tyne has welcomed news that a lifebelt will be installed where he died.