[ lon-jev-i-tee, lawn- ]
/ lɒnˈdʒɛv ɪ ti, lɔn- /


a long individual life; great duration of individual life: Our family is known for its longevity.
the length or duration of life: research in human longevity.
length of service, tenure, etc.; seniority: promotions based on longevity.

Origin of longevity

From the Latin word longaevitās, dating back to 1605–15. See longevous, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for longevity

/ (lɒnˈdʒɛvɪtɪ) /


long life
relatively long duration of employment, service, etc

Derived forms of longevity

longevous (lɒnˈdʒiːvəs), adjective

Word Origin for longevity

C17: from Late Latin longaevitās, from Latin longaevus long-lived, from longus long 1 + aevum age
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Medical definitions for longevity

[ lŏn-jĕvĭ-tē ]


Duration of an individual life beyond the norm for the species.
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