Definition of longevity in English:



mass noun
  • 1Long life.

    ‘the greater longevity of women compared with men’
    • ‘Increased longevity is one of the modern world's greatest achievements.’
    • ‘Why do we furiously invent new technologies to give us the illusion of stability and longevity?’
    • ‘The amount of money a country spends on health care does positively correlate with increased longevity.’
    • ‘Pollinator activity can affect flower longevity in different ways.’
    • ‘Environmental conditions such as temperature, light intensity and relative humidity influence pollen longevity.’
    • ‘Pollen longevity may differ depending on whether male and female receptivity is simultaneous or not.’
    • ‘She's seen many changes to society in her life, and thinks her longevity is due to her faith in God.’
    • ‘Could their longevity be due in part to an extraordinary resistance to cancer and other diseases?’
    • ‘The researchers suspect that the same genes could confer greater longevity and are measuring the animals' survival rate.’
    • ‘However, as in nectar production, the costs of flower longevity may also be high.’
    • ‘Water also charges up joints and promotes longevity by boosting your overall health.’
    • ‘The mean phenotypic plasticity for the seven variables decreased significantly with increasing leaf longevity.’
    • ‘A similar trade-off exists between the photosynthesis rate per unit leaf area and leaf longevity.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, I found a little article about a new German beer that is being touted to offer longevity!’
    • ‘In a marketing sense this extra longevity means the rules have changed.’
    • ‘Ada has a clear idea of how she has attained such longevity.’
    • ‘Caloric reduction has been under scrutiny for some time as a means to better health and extended longevity.’
    • ‘Bacon's interest in comparative longevity also reveals the extent to which youth itself can be tied to substance.’
    • ‘How does longevity in the United States compare with that of other countries?’
    • ‘Scientists attribute this remarkable longevity to the shark's superior physiological developments.’
    continuance, continuity, continuation, lasting power, durability, permanence
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    1. 1.1 Long existence or service.
      ‘her longevity in office now appeared as a handicap to the party’
      • ‘Most manufactured pop artists have the sort of career longevity that would cause a mayfly to snigger.’
      • ‘He, too, has longevity on his side.’
      • ‘Girls Aloud, however, are demonstrating a longevity almost unheard of in their genre.’
      • ‘The reason for the longevity of some players is in part due to their ability to adapt quickly to the changing business environment.’
      • ‘Now he has a chance to prove that he deserves his career longevity.’
      • ‘He did not have the longevity of career that many boxing writers view necessary.’
      • ‘His longevity of service to the bank will serve him well in his new role.’
      • ‘Despite the longevity of his time at the school, Mr Collings said that the school still feels new to him.’
      • ‘Winning at work no longer means job security but career longevity.’


Early 17th century: from late Latin longaevitas, from Latin longus ‘long’ + aevum ‘age’.