pro-life pro`-life", a. Same as {antiabortion}; -- used by those opposed to voluntary abortion, to emphasize their view of a fetus as already living, and to avoid the negative tone of a word beginning with ``anti-''. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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