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Definitions of MAKEHAM'S HYPOTHESIS
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A development of Gompertz's hypothesis as to the law of mortality following some mathematical law. M. assumed that death was the consequence of two generally coexisting causes: (1) chance, (2) a deterioration or increased inability to withstand destruction; the first of these is constant, the second is an increasing geometrical progression.
By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop