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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.

References in classic literature ?
The doctor's life-size portrait in oil hung in that room, and seemed completely to dominate it.
One of the life-size dolls stood immediately overshadowing the blood stain, summoned, perhaps, by the slain man an instant before he fell.
Over the doorway is a wooden effigy, about half life-size, representing Mr.
Filling a corner, on a black pedestal, stood a quarter- life-size smooth-limbed bronze of an adolescent figure, running.
The business was of too modest a character to support a life-size Highlander, but it maintained a little one on a bracket on the door-post, who looked like a fallen Cherub that had found it necessary to take to a kilt.
That charmer dwells over a staymaker's in the Belgravian Borders, with a life-size model in the window on the ground floor of a distinguished beauty in a blue petticoat, stay-lace in hand, looking over her shoulder at the town in innocent surprise.
But life-size is what I'm known for so I thought George was a great compromise.
THE man behind the famous 'ball in the wall' at Cardiff Castle has gone on to his next creation - a life-size Jurassic World dinosaur leaping out of the banks of the River Thames.
Deer bronze statues "These are life-size and they're absolutely beautiful.
RADIO bosses yesterday denied they intend to splash PS87,000 on a life-size statue of Gerry Ryan.
Vicki Smith, from Flint, is one of 16 people in the group 'Cakebomb' who have created the life-size, walk-through delicacy - entitled Welcome to the Jungle - for the prestigious Cake and Bake Show 2014 next week.
Mumbai: Life-size sculptures of the 80 marchers who participated in the famous Dandi March along with Mahatma Gandhi will be created within the campus of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) for a grand memorial to be built in Gujarat.