Life-lease meaning

(dated) A lifetime appointment, a condition that exists or service that is provided for the duration of a person's lifetime or for the remainder of a person's life.

1853 Melville, Herman Bartleby, the Scrivener, in Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories, New York: Penguin Books, 1968; reprint 1995 as Bartleby, ISBN 0 14 60.0012 9, p.2.

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