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1. The manner in and means by which one lives one's life. I got used to a rather lavish lifestyle when I was rich and famous, so it took some adjusting when I was forced to live like a normal working-class person again.
2. The daily habits that pertain to one's health, such as diet, exercise, drug or alcohol use, etc. My doctor said I would need to make some dramatic changes to my lifestyle if I want to live past 50. I've always had a very active lifestyle.
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Manner of living. This term, invented by psychologist Alfred Adler in 1929, has become so entrenched in the language that some dictionaries list it as one word, with or without a hyphen (lifestyle or life-style). Adler meant something quite different from the present meaning: that is, one’s basic character as established in early childhood, which he believed governs one’s behavior for life. Today, the term signifies a style of living that reflects one’s economic or social status, values, and attitudes. It is also frequently used by health care providers to refer to a patient’s diet, exercise regimen, and similar habits affecting health and well-being.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer