Definition of shelf life in English:

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shelf life

Pronunciation: /ˈSHelf ˌlīf/


The length of time for which an item remains usable, fit for consumption, or saleable.
Example sentences
  • Mass production and consumption means a shorter shelf life, for music as well for consumer goods.
  • If you expect the consumer to buy a car, a long shelf life and a lot of reading and re-reading will help.
  • The ingredients have a shelf life of 3 months in most cases, so use fresh ingredients.

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