Definition of life expectancy in English:

life expectancy


  • The average period that a person may expect to live.

    ‘the British male now has a life expectancy of 77.6 years’
    figurative ‘the improved life expectancy of modern cars’
    • ‘Children's lives worldwide are improving, in terms of their life expectancy and general health.’
    • ‘Women in the city fall short of the average of 80.6 years with a life expectancy of 77.3 years.’
    • ‘The average life expectancy of a Glasgow man is 68.7, a decade less than men in Dorset.’
    • ‘Forecasts suggest that by next year the average life expectancy could be three years.’
    • ‘At the time of transition the note had a life expectancy of just six months compared to the coin's 100 years.’
    • ‘That means the average life expectancy for a coach at the club is around nine months.’
    • ‘One in five adults is HIV positive and the average life expectancy at birth is just under 49 years.’
    • ‘Which leads me to wonder if the life expectancy of the average blog might not be rather short.’
    • ‘Children suffer one of the highest death rates in the world, with an adult life expectancy of just 41 years.’
    • ‘It's the risks relevant to the place where you currently live that affect your life expectancy while living there.’
    • ‘Towards the end of 1944 the life expectancy of prisoners was limited to an average of a few months.’
    • ‘They are now of an age that exceeds the average life expectancy in the countries where they live.’
    • ‘By inviting children to holiday in Ireland it is said to increase their life expectancy by two years.’
    • ‘A baby girl born today has an average life expectancy that will span the rest of this century.’
    • ‘Greater life expectancy and faster than expected growth in wage bills have added to fund costs.’
    • ‘It seems that she is just a natural extension of the life expectancy of the love song.’
    • ‘Their little boy is permanently dependent on oxygen and also has a shortened life expectancy.’
    • ‘The average life expectancy of men and women showed a big difference.’
    • ‘The average life expectancy is five years and there is a risk he might not come out of the operation but he told us and the doctors that he was up for it.’
    • ‘With the trees only having a natural life expectancy of around 60 years they had to be removed.’
    duration, life, active life, existence, functioning period, period of effectiveness, period of efficacy, period of usefulness, period of validity
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