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life expectancy

the probable number of years remaining in the life of an individual or class of persons determined statistically, affected by such factors as heredity, physical condition, nutrition, and occupation.
Also called expectancy of life.
Origin of life expectancy
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Average life expectancy, today at an all-time high, could in our generation increase ten more years.
  • Predicting life expectancy accurately is the biggest obstacle to pricing longevity risk.
  • Already, people predict that this new generation's life expectancy may be lower than the previous.
  • Not only that, but life expectancy reached an all-time high, of about seventy-seven years.
  • Time after time, experts have estimated a maximum possible life expectancy that any human population could achieve.
  • Rather, researchers were probing on a far smaller scale, investigating the life expectancy of subatomic quarks.
  • Eating carrots may not have anything to do with the deaths and life expectancy may have everything to do with it.
  • Homeless people are known to have poor health and life expectancy.
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  • They also have a relatively short life expectancy as well.
British Dictionary definitions for life expectancy

life expectancy

the statistically determined average number of years of life remaining after a specified age for a given group of individuals Also called expectation of life
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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life expectancy in Medicine

life expectancy n.
The number of years that one is expected to live as determined by statistics.

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