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This is an argument question for abortion debates (see Debate: Abortion, Debate: Human life as beginning at conception). This argument is solely asking: "Does The Concept of "Life At Conception" Meet The Dictionary Definition of "Life"?".
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The most recent definition on the Merriam-Webster website (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/life[1]]) is what you see below:

  • Main Entry: life
  • Pronunciation:\ˈlīf\
  • Function:noun
  • Inflected Form(s):plural lives \ˈlīvz\
  • Etymology:Middle English lif, from Old English līf; akin to Old English libban to live — more at live
  • Date:before 12th century
    • 1 a: the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body b: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings c: an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction
    • 2 a: the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual b: one or more aspects of the process of living <sex life of the frog>
    • 3: biography 1
    • 4: spiritual existence transcending physical death
    • 5 a: the period from birth to death b: a specific phase of earthly existence <adult life> c: the period from an event until death <a judge appointed for life> d: a sentence of imprisonment for the remainder of a convict's life
    • 6: a way or manner of living
    • 7: livelihood
    • 8: a vital or living being ; specifically : person <many lives were lost in the disaster>
    • 9: an animating and shaping force or principle
    • 10: spirit, animation <saw no life in her dancing>
    • 11: the form or pattern of something existing in reality <painted from life>
    • 12: the period of duration, usefulness, or popularity of something <the expected life of the batteries>
    • 13: the period of existence (as of a subatomic particle) — compare half-life
    • 14: a property (as resilience or elasticity) of an inanimate substance or object resembling the animate quality of a living being
    • 15: living beings (as of a particular kind or environment) <forest life>
    • 16 human activities b: animate activity and movement <stirrings of life> c: the activities of a given sphere, area, or time <the political life of the country>
    • 17: one providing interest and vigor <life of the party>
    • 18: an opportunity for continued viability <gave the patient a new life>
    • 19 capitalized Christian Science : GOD 1b
    • 20: something resembling animate life <a grant saved the project's life>


  • This argument page divided not into pro/con on questions but on sides so you can easily differentiate which side this is coming from and ensures the least amount of confusion and the maximum amount of readability and comprehension. Left side of the page is the side saying life at conception does match the dictionary definition, and the right side of the page is the side saying life at conception doesn't match the dictionary definition.


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Does "Life at Conception" Match The Dictionary Definition of "Life"

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If "Life at Conception" is lining up with the definition of life, what are the ramifications?

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