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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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I sighed also, for I had witnessed a struggle for dear life by a man in the flower of his youth, whose looks I liked, whose smile came like the sun through the first break in his torments, and whose first words were to thank me for the little I had done in bare humanity.
To and fro they swung, hugging each other like bears, straining with all their mighty muscles for dear life, and dearer honour.
Makola and Carlier tried once in a canoe to open communications, but were received with a shower of arrows, and had to fly back to the station for dear life.
I released my grip at last and he ran forward as if fleeing for dear life.
Pup-pup-pup" went a gun somewhere in the mirk ahead and suddenly and quite horribly the Vaterland lurched, and Bert and the sentinel were clinging to the rail for dear life.
Now, Captain," he said, "swing the yards and drive for dear life.
I say 'about to' but it's been wobbling like a fence post in a tsunami for weeks and is still clinging on to his chops as if for dear life.
Then, in the boardroom, and clinging on for dear life, she told Lord Sugar she would now consider the PS6 mass market.
8DA YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Titanic 9 Nonet 10 Endow 11 Monsoon 12 Loo 13 Progress 16 Isolated 17 Ill 19 Tartare 21 Homer 22 Canto 23 Palette DOWN: 1 Othello 2 Studious 3 Know 4 Ensnared 5 Undo 6 Stand 8 Compost heap 13 Polka dot 14 Stigmata 15 Alarmed 18 Stack 20 Runt 21 Hale QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 For dear life 8 Air 9 Eve 11 Draught 12 Meter 13 Del 14 Era 15 Vaccine 17 Ran 19 Rice 21 Iced 23 Germ 25 Solo 27 Paw 29 Tapered 31 Art 34 Ape 36 Roast 37 Careful 38 Fox 39 Ark 40 Kitchenware DOWN: 1 Fire 2 Oral 3 Degrade 4 Attack 5 Lemon 6 Fete 7 Ever 8 Adder 10 Erase 16 Err 18 Nil 20 Imp 22 Cot 24 Eyebrow 25 Scarf 26 Rescue 28Whelk 30 Attic 32 Rook 33 Taxi 34 Afar 35 Pure
is still suffering after his marathon charity swim, Davina McCall's triathlon took her to hell and back, last I saw, Alex Jones was clinging on to a rock face for dear life - and all for Sport Relief.
Add the local news, sport and entertainment section and it really does leave those national tabloids clinging on for dear life.