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Definition of life expectancy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


life expectancy

(also expectation of life) [uncountable, countable]
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the number of years that a person is likely to live; the length of time that something is likely to exist or continue for Life expectancy for both men and women has improved greatly in the past 20 years. Women have a longer life expectancy than men. The life expectancy of a large bus is about 15 years.
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