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Definitions for mortality
mɔrˈtæl ɪ timor·tal·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mortalitynoun

    the quality or state of being mortal

  2. deathrate, death rate, mortality, mortality rate, fatality ratenoun

    the ratio of deaths in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 per year


  1. mortalitynoun

    The condition of being susceptible to death

  2. mortalitynoun

    The death rate of a population

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mortalitynoun

    Etymology: from mortal.

    I point out mistakes in life and religion, that we might guard against the springs of error, guilt, and sorrow, which surround us in every state of mortality. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    I beg mortality,
    Rather than life preserv’d with infamy. William Shakespeare.

    Gladly would I meet
    Mortality my sentence. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    Mortality and mercy in Vienna
    Live in thy tongue and heart. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Measure.

    The rise of keeping those accounts first began in the year 1592, being a time of great mortality. John Graunt.

    A single vision so transports them, that it makes up the happiness of their lives; mortality cannot bear it often. Dryd.

    Take these tears, mortality ’s relief,
    And till we share your joys, forgive our grief. Alexander Pope.


  1. Mortality

    Mortality is the state of being mortal, or susceptible to death; the opposite of immortality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mortalitynoun

    the condition or quality of being mortal; subjection to death or to the necessity of dying

  2. Mortalitynoun

    human life; the life of a mortal being

  3. Mortalitynoun

    those who are, or that which is, mortal; the human cace; humanity; human nature

  4. Mortalitynoun

    death; destruction

  5. Mortalitynoun

    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

  6. Etymology: [L. mortalitas: cf. F. mortalit.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Mortality

    All deaths reported in a given population.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mortality' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4030

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mortality' in Nouns Frequency: #1674

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortality in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of mortality in a Sentence

  1. Rebecca Siegel:

    The racial gap in cancer mortality is continuing to narrow -- so it was that the cancer death rate in blacks was 33 % higher than in whites in the mid-1990s, and the current data now indicate it's 14 % higher -- so it's still higher, but the gap is narrowing, which is really good news.

  2. Erin Kenney:

    Olive oil consumption, specifically the extra-virgin, is associated with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease and mortality in individuals at high cardiovascular risk, olive oil is rich in healthful antioxidants, polyphenols and vitamins, and is a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

  3. Peter James:

    We were surprised to see that there was a 12 percent lower rate of mortality, we know already that vegetation can help mitigate the effect of climate change. Our study suggests the potential co-benefit for health.

  4. Richard Kock:

    The 2015 Mass Mortality Event provided the first opportunity for in-depth study, and a multidisciplinary approach has enabled great advances to be made, the use of data from vets, biologists, botanists, ecologists and laboratory scientists is helping improve our understanding of the risk factors leading to MMEs – which was beneficial when another MME occurred, this time in Mongolia in 2017.

  5. Gabriel Olsen:

    COVID made my cancer look like nothing, i was pretty close to dying. The doctors kept telling me, ‘Jeff, you’ve got to fight. You’re not fighting.’ I was in surrender mode. I was ready to go. I was dancing with my mortality.

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