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lifelong

[lahyf-lawng, -long] /ˈlaɪfˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/
adjective
1.
lasting or continuing through all or much of one's life:
lifelong regret.
Origin of lifelong
1750-1760
1750-60; life + long1 (adv.)
Can be confused
lifelong, livelong.
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  • She was maintaining that calm level of submission to fate which had been her lifelong habit.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It must be confessed (he adds drily) that in England this is a lifelong disqualification.

  • Ain't I been givin' 'em up and givin' 'em up all my lifelong?

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • That far-off island, the poor lepers, and then lifelong banishment.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Then you shall marry him to your lifelong horror and disgrace.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for lifelong

lifelong

/ˈlaɪfˌlɒŋ/
adjective
1.
lasting for or as if for a lifetime
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lifelong
adj.

also life-long, "continuing a lifetime," 1855, from life (n.) + long (adj.).

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