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Questions about the state or condition of being subject to death; mortal character, nature, or existence.


  1. the quality or state of being mortal
  2. the death of large numbers (as of people or animals)
  3. archaic: death
  4. the human race

    • the number of deaths in a given time or place
    • the proportion of deaths to population
    • the number lost or the rate of loss or failure: death rate — called also mortality rate; compare fertility, morbidity
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