resembling or simulating real life: a lifelike portrait.

Origin of lifelike

First recorded in 1605–15; life + -like
Related formslife·like·ness, nounun·life·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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closely resembling or representing life
Derived Formslifelikeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lifelike

1610s, "likely to live," from life (n.) + like (adj.). Meaning "exactly like the living original" is from 1725.

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