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life expectancy

the probable number of years remaining in the life of an individual or class of persons determined statistically, affected by such factors as heredity, physical condition, nutrition, and occupation.
Also called expectancy of life.
Origin of life expectancy
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And after all, it was only thirty years out of a life expectancy of a hundred and fifty.

    Cost of Living Robert Sheckley
  • But remarriage was common because the life expectancy after birth was about 35 years.

  • If we extended their life expectancy, their best men would live to be of additional use to planet development.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • A concomitant of the reduced death rate was an increase in life expectancy.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • He also noted an inverse relationship between population density and life expectancy in this species.

British Dictionary definitions for life expectancy

life expectancy

the statistically determined average number of years of life remaining after a specified age for a given group of individuals Also called expectation of life
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life expectancy in Medicine

life expectancy n.
The number of years that one is expected to live as determined by statistics.

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