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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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I myself have arthritis in my ankle and knee, and I cannot walk far without difficulty, and I'm certainly not athletic in any shape or form, nor do I live the life of Riley, as he assumes.
IT'S official - the life of Riley is a fun one, if the picture of the Yorkshire referee and Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton is anything to go by.
For the benefit of readers who are not quite sure exactly what all of this means, the duke is having five days living the life of Riley at the taxpayers' expense.
He had the life of Riley with Pat, who loved him to bits, and he was in good health right up until he died peacefully overnight."
Winstone - brilliant as ever - stars as Gal Dove, a retired crook happily living the life of Riley in his Spanish villa when he gets the proverbial offer he can't refuse to do a job back in London for the psychotic Logan.
There are very few people on benefits who live the life of Riley and those on Channel 5 were not living it up.
Living the life of Riley on benefits is a poisonous myth as workers soon discover when they're made redundant after 30 years of paying their dues, only to find Jobseeker's Allowance is PS71.70 a week.
The life of Riley is clearly failing this branch of the family.
There's no chance of me being arrested for going equipped, as me and Becky live the life of Riley, cos you see it will be me who writes the script.
- David Jeffs, Rochdale, Greater Manchester I'M gutted that Baby P's murderer Steven Barker is living the life of Riley in prison and is actually being paid pounds 57.60 a month.
But as a guest of BMII was afforded the life of Riley in the Premium Economy Cabin.

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