the term or period during which a stored commodity remains effective, useful, or suitable for consumption: Many medicines have a very short shelf life.
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Also called storage life.
Origin of shelf life
First recorded in 1925–30
Words nearby shelf life
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British Dictionary definitions for shelf life
the length of time a packaged food, chemical, etc, will last without deteriorating
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