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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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"Whether or not people's behavior was affected by the brand depended on how they had been asked to envision the brand, specifically, as coming to life as a person or not.
A terrific climactic scene there ends up with dinosaur skeletons coming to life and attacking them.
Inspired by the impressive Jabo Ibehre up front, the visitors cruised into a two-goal lead with the hosts only coming to life late on.
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One could certainly envision this scenario coming to life in the familiar animation style of Disney; after all, for decades, cartoon animals that burst into song have been the famous studio's stock in trade.
And on the Hundredth Day shall be opened the Seventh Seal, being the limitation of terms to seven; and upon passage all manner of pestilence shall come to be loosed upon the House, from ornamental filigree coming to life to the eyes of paintings of distinguished gentlemen rolling even as spittle issues from the busts of former Speakers.