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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.


  1. mortality

    Mortality typically refers to the state of being mortal or susceptible to death. However, in a broader or statistical context, it relates to the number of deaths in a specific population or area during a particular period, usually calculated as a mortality rate.

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. Edward Gregg:

    What we’re seeing is that lifespans are increasing and mortality rates are decreasing over time, really the most substantial finding is the number of active years is increasing.

  2. 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.

  3. Georges Benjamin:

    What we do see is almost across the board some slight improvement in mortality.

  4. Heather Burris:

    Black infants are more than 50 % more likely to be preterm and more than 200 % as likely to be born low birth weight than white infants, these ongoing disparities are of grave concern because they are largely responsible for the large black-white disparity in infant mortality.

  5. Artur Grigoriyan:

    The physical toll, of course, is great, but there's an emotional toll, it's really hard to see patents die. Mortality has been very, very high.

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