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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.

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The True To Life Professional Mannequin's proprietary features enable it to be much more flexible than versions currently available.
While the play, written by Catrina McHugh, will be performed by professional actors (including Dirty Dusting's Helen Russell), the characters in the play have all been informed by older women and carers from their own experiences making the play a true to life social commentary which promises entertainment as well as food for thought.
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Endlessly entertaining, "Life Knows No Bounds" is a tale that could be all too true to life.
I LOVE your Horace and Doris cartoons, some are so true to life. I send them to Australia where my penfriend takes them to her ladies' group and her husband shows them to his pals.
Also, the songs are true to life as a country lyric should be.
The story of the Gangulis lingers in our minds--gently ironic, bittersweet, and true to life. Helen Woodman, Andover, NH
While they lack the almost scientific accuracy of the original series, Wyeth argues the posthumous renderings are, in their way, just as true to life. "He really was a tragic figure," Wyeth says.
Mitnick was barred from using the Internet for three years following his release from jail in 2000 but he has now written this text describing the life of a self-confessed super hacker in which some of the content seems true to life. Mitnick insists the contents are fictional and his publishers are currently going through it with a fine-tooth comb to ensure this claim is true.
In a way, they're true to life - funny and pleasurable but at the same time frustrating and sad."
But this book, filled with gratuitous profanity (perhaps in an attempt to make the stories seem true to life or hip), portrays professional dancers as emotionally unstable at best and self-destructive at worst.