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  1. Value of life

    The potency of life is an economic value assigned to life in general, or to specific living organisms. In social and political sciences, it is the marginal cost of death prevention in a certain class of circumstances. As such, it is a statistical term, the cost of reducing the average number of deaths by one. It is an important issue in a wide range of disciplines including economics, health care, adoption, political economy, insurance, worker safety, environmental impact assessment, and globalization. In industrial nations, the justice system considers a human life "priceless", thus illegalizing any form of slavery; i.e., humans cannot be bought for any price. However, with a limited supply of resources or infrastructural capital, or skill at hand, it is impossible to save every life, so some trade-off must be made. Also, this argumentation neglects the statistical context of the term. It is not commonly attached to lives of individuals or used to compare the value of one person's life relative to another person's. It is mainly used in circumstances of saving lives as opposed to taking lives or "producing" lives.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Value of Life

    The intrinsic moral worth ascribed to a living being. (Bioethics Thesaurus)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of value of life in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of value of life in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Severin Schwan:

    I fundamentally believe there is no objective answer to value of life.

  2. Charles Robert Darwin:

    A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

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