Mor*tal"i*ty(?), n. [L. mortalitas: cf. F. mortalit.] 1. The condition or quality of being mortal; subjection to death or to the necessity of dying.
When I saw her die,Carew.
I then did think on your mortality.
2. Human life; the life of a mortal being.
From this instantShak.
There 's nothing serious in mortality.
3. Those who are, or that which is, mortal; the human race; humanity; human nature.
Take these tears, mortality's relief.Pope.
4. Death; destruction.
5. 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 among the settlers was alarming.
Bill of mortality. See under Bill. --
Law of mortality, a mathematical relation between the numbers living at different ages, so that from a given large number of persons alive at one age, it can be computed what number are likely to survive a given number of years. --
Table of mortality, a table exhibiting the average relative number of persons who survive, or who have died, at the end of each year of life, out of a given number supposed to have been born at the same time.
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