Definition of life-and-death in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈˌlīf ən ˈdeTH/
(also life-or-death)


Deciding whether someone lives or dies; vitally important: life-and-death decisions
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  • Data availability is important in medical situations where life-and-death decisions are based on the most-current data.
  • Firefighters say this would mean removing vital crew from the specialist appliances needed for life-and-death situations.
  • But this may be an acceptable inconvenience, considering the life-and-death importance of a functional alarm.
vital, of vital importance, crucial, critical, urgent, pressing, pivotal, momentous, important, all-important, key, serious, grave, significant
informal earth-shattering
formal of great moment

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Syllabification: life-and-death

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