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lifestyle

or life style, life-style

[lahyf-stahyl] /ˈlaɪfˌstaɪl/
noun
1.
the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group.
adjective
2.
pertaining to or catering to a certain lifestyle:
unhealthy lifestyle choices; lifestyle advertising; a luxury lifestyle hotel.
3.
(of a drug) used to treat a medical condition that is not life-threatening or painful:
lifestyle drugs for baldness.
Origin of lifestyle
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30; life + style
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British Dictionary definitions for lifestyle

lifestyle

/ˈlaɪfˌstaɪl/
noun
1.
a set of attitudes, habits, or possessions associated with a particular person or group
2.
such attitudes, etc, regarded as fashionable or desirable
3.
(NZ)
  1. a luxurious semirural manner of living
  2. (as modifier): a lifestyle property
adjective
4.
suggestive of a fashionable or desirable lifestyle: a lifestyle café
5.
(of a drug) designed to treat problems, such as impotence or excess weight, which affect a person's quality of life rather than his or her health
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Word Origin and History for lifestyle
n.

also life-style, 1929, from life (n.) + style (n.); originally a specific term used by Austrian psychologist Alfred Adler (1870-1937); broader sense is by 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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lifestyle in Medicine

lifestyle or life-style or life style
n.
A way of life or style of living that reflects the attitudes and values of a person or group.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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