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mortal

[mawr-tl] /ˈmɔr tl/
adjective
1.
subject to death; having a transitory life:
all mortal creatures.
2.
of or pertaining to human beings as subject to death; human:
this mortal life.
3.
belonging to this world.
4.
deadly or implacable; relentless:
a mortal enemy.
5.
severe, dire, grievous, or bitter:
in mortal fear.
6.
causing or liable to cause death; fatal:
a mortal wound.
7.
to the death:
mortal combat.
8.
of or pertaining to death:
the mortal hour.
9.
involving spiritual death (opposed to venial):
mortal sin.
10.
long and wearisome.
11.
extreme; very great:
in a mortal hurry.
12.
conceivable; possible:
of no mortal value to the owners.
noun
13.
a human being.
14.
the condition of being subject to death.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin mortālis, equivalent to mort- (stem of mors) death + -ālis -al1
Related forms
mortally, adverb
nonmortal, adjective, noun
nonmortally, adverb
postmortal, adjective
postmortally, adverb
premortal, adjective
premortally, adverb
unmortal, adjective
Synonyms
6. See fatal.
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British Dictionary definitions for premortal

mortal

/ˈmɔːtəl/
adjective
1.
(of living beings, esp human beings) subject to death
2.
of or involving life or the world
3.
ending in or causing death; fatal a mortal blow
4.
deadly or unrelenting a mortal enemy
5.
of or like the fear of death; dire mortal terror
6.
great or very intense mortal pain
7.
possible there was no mortal reason to go
8.
(slang) long and tedious for three mortal hours
noun
9.
a mortal being
10.
(informal) a person a mean mortal
Derived Forms
mortally, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin mortālis, from mors death
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Word Origin and History for premortal
mortal
mid-14c., "deadly," also "doomed to die," from O.Fr. mortel "destined to die," from L. mortalis "subject to death," from mors (gen. mortis) "death," from PIE base *mor-/*mr- "die" (cf. Skt. mrtih "death," Avestan miryeite "dies," O.Pers. martiya- "man," Armenian meranim "die," Lith. mirtis "mortal man," Gk. brotos "mortal" (hence ambrotos "immortal"), O.C.S. mrutvu "dead," O.Ir. marb, Welsh marw "died," O.E. morþ "murder"). The most widespread IE root for "to die," forming the common word for it except in Gk. and Gmc. The noun meaning "mortal thing or substance" is first recorded 1520s. Related: Mortally.
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premortal in Medicine

mortal mor·tal (môr'tl)
adj.

  1. Liable or subject to death.

  2. Causing death; fatal.

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