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longevity

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noun lon·gev·i·ty \län-ˈje-və-tē, lȯn-\

Simple Definition of longevity

  • : long life : the fact of living for many years

  • : length of life

  • : the length of time that something or someone lasts or continues

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of longevity

  1. 1 a :  a long duration of individual life b :  length of life <a study of longevity>

  2. 2 :  long continuance :  permanence, durability

Examples of longevity in a sentence

  1. His longevity was remarkable considering he had been so sick when he was a child.

  2. Better medical treatment has led to greater longevity.

  3. a study of human longevity

  4. The longevity of a car's tires depends on how the car is driven.

  5. They're trying to increase the product's longevity.



Origin and Etymology of longevity

Late Latin longaevitas, from Latin longaevus long-lived, from longus long + aevum age — more at aye


First Known Use: 1615


Medical Dictionary

longevity

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noun lon·gev·i·ty \län-ˈjev-ət-ē, lȯn-\

Medical Definition of longevity

plural

longevities

  1. 1:  a long duration of individual life <attributed his longevity to daily exercise and a healthy diet>

  2. 2:  length of life <studies in longevity>





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