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Webster 1913 Edition


Mortality

Mor-tal′i-ty

,
Noun.
[L.
mortalitas
: cf. F.
mortalité
.]
1.
The condition or quality of being mortal; subjection to death or to the necessity of dying.
When I saw her die,
I then did think on your
mortality
.
Carew.
2.
Human life; the life of a mortal being.
From this instant
There ’s nothing serious in
mortality
.
Shakespeare
3.
Those who are, or that which is, mortal; the human race; humanity; human nature.
Take these tears,
mortality's
relief.
Pope.
4.
Death; destruction.
Shak.
5.
The whole sum or number of deaths in a given time or a given community; also, the proportion of deaths to population, or to a specific number of the population; death rate;
as, a time of great, or low,
mortality
; the
mortality
among the settlers was alarming.
Bill of mortality
.
See under
Bill
.
Law of mortality
,
a mathematical relation between the numbers living at different ages, so that from a given large number of persons alive at one age, it can be computed what number are likely to survive a given number of years.
Table of mortality
,
a table exhibiting the average relative number of persons who survive, or who have died, at the end of each year of life, out of a given number supposed to have been born at the same time.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mortality

MORTAL'ITY

,
Noun.
[L. mortalitas.] Subjection to death or the necessity of dying.
When I saw her die,
I then did think on your mortality.
1.
Death.
Gladly would I meet
Mortality, my sentence.
2.
Frequency of death; actual death of great numbers of men or beasts; as a time of great mortality.
3.
Human nature.
Take these tears, mortality's relief.
4.
Power of destruction.
Mortality and mercy in Vienna,
Live in thy tongue and heart.

Definition 2022


mortality

mortality

English

Noun

mortality (countable and uncountable, plural mortalities)

  1. The condition of being susceptible to death.
  2. (demography) The death rate of a population.

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