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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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In April 2011, a new leadership team--including a new CEO, vice president of sales and technical services, chief financial officer and director of strategic planning and analysis--were brought to LifeLine to help overcome these hurdles.
Using the Malampaya fund to subsidize the lifeline rates will only give an average household consuming 200kWh a total monthly savings of ?21.54 - equivalent to a half kilo of rice - compared with the ?172 monthly savings that the same household will get with the implementation of the Murang Kuryente Act.
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He said the coastguard would escort Lifeline to an Italian port, where it would be impounded pending an investigation into its flag status after the Dutch government denied responsibility for the vessel.
The partnership between Bajaj Finserv and Impact India's Lifeline Express has impacted over 17,763 lives of which over 663 underwent surgeries for Vision, Hearing, Orthopaedic, Cleft Lip, Dental ailments and Oral Cancer.
Tickets may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting
The ( Lifeline program , first launched in 1985, provides households a $9.25-per-month credit to be put toward the purchase of home internet service or mobile phone subscriptions.
Charnwood Lifeline is run by the borough council and provides 24-hour support to elderly or vulnerable residents and their families.
Now, staff who manned the Lifeline phones will move to the Belfast Trust.
The federal Lifeline Program is actively partnering with state human services agencies across the country to improve the process for Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to get qualified for the Lifeline benefit for phone and broadband service.