life-or-death


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life-or-death

(līf′ər-dĕth′)
adj.
Variant of life-and-death.
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life-or-death

adj
another word for life-and-death
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life′-and-death′

also life-or-death



adj.
involving possible loss of life; mortal; crucially important: a life-and-death struggle.
[1680–90]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.life-or-death - vitally important; "a life-and-death struggle"
crucial, important - of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis; "a crucial moment in his career"; "a crucial election"; "a crucial issue for women"
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Without such a living will, the patient's family or friends are left without guidance in the life-or-death matter, and, more seriously, the doctors and hospitals involved are left to make weighty decisions that might not coincide with the dying person's desires.