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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It was instead converted into a standalone subsidiary of Tata, in a moved aimed at allowing the firm access vital state funding.
He said Uganda remains a vital state in the areas of central and east Africa and that the administration of the organization in central and east Africa is stationed in Uganda, covering the organization's missions in each of Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.
It is hoped the move will allow the division to access vital state funding.
"To suggest that we don't need to bother looking under the hood of this vital state agency until eight years from now is outrageous."
Islamabad -- Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif terming Egypt a vital state in the Muslim World said both countries should explore areas of cooperation like education, training and defence production
The DPH and the state Department of Children and Families are two of the most vital state agencies, who deal directly with the health and welfare of every Massachusetts resident.
My phrasing here deliberately echoes the logic of Foucault's 1975-76 lectures on Society Must be Defended (2003), since for me what is at stake in this respect is indeed the Foucauldian realm of biopolitics, meaning the whole panorama of activities through which a state (the 'vital state') intervenes in the lives, deaths, life courses, health, capacities, and capabilities of its subject population--activities absolutely central, if in differing ways, to the three papers that follow.
Part of the TV building, which is located near other vital state institutions, caught fire after shelling intensified on Saturday morning, the employee told Reuters, adding that hundreds were trapped in the building as a result.
But the First Minister won't tell Scots the true cost of setting up vital state infrastructure before we go to the polls on September 18.
Despite this, the NUP leader said that a significant change has swept the political landscape including mounting public dissenting views within the NCP from prominent figures and vital state structures.
NSW Trade & Investment is pleased to host this occasion to promote a vital State industry sector and to assist in promoting future activity in a key export segment of the New South Wales economy.
The army warned demonstrators that it would respond with "the utmost severity and firmness and force" if they approached military bases or "vital state institutes." At least 92 people were killed in the days after Mursi was toppled, more than half of them shot by troops outside the Republican Guard compound near the Rab mosque on July 8.