a period of psychological stress occurring in middle age, thought to be triggered by a physical, occupational, or domestic event, as menopause, diminution of physical prowess, job loss, or departure of children from the home.
Origin of midlife crisis
First recorded in 1970–75
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British Dictionary definitions for midlife crisis
/ (ˈmɪdˌlaɪf) /
a crisis that may be experienced in middle age involving frustration, panic, and feelings of pointlessness, sometimes resulting in radical and often ill-advised changes of lifestyle
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Medicine definitions for midlife crisis
A period of psychological doubt and anxiety that some people experience in middle age.
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