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 for Law of mortality
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mortality \Mor*tal"i*ty\, n. [L. mortalitas: cf. F.
     1. The condition or quality of being mortal; subjection to
        death or to the necessity of dying.
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              When I saw her die,
              I then did think on your mortality.   --Carew.
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     2. Human life; the life of a mortal being.
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              From this instant
              There 's nothing serious in mortality. --Shak.
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     3. Those who are, or that which is, mortal; the human race;
        humanity; human nature.
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              Take these tears, mortality's relief. --Pope.
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     4. Death; destruction. --Shak.
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     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; the
        mortality among the settlers was alarming.
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     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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