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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mortality  \Mor*tal"i*ty\,  n.  [L.  mortalitas:  cf  F. 
  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.  --Shak. 
  3.  Those  who  are  or  that  which  is  mortal;  the  human  cace; 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  quality  or  state  of  being  mortal  [ant:  {immortality}] 
  2:  the  ratio  of  deaths  in  an  area  to  the  population  of  that 
  area;  expressed  per  1000  per  year  [syn:  {deathrate},  {morbidity}, 
  {mortality  rate}] 

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