You are a mortal because you are mortal. This means that you are an individual destined to die because you are susceptible to death.

The word mortal has one of the most ancient genealogies of any word in English or any other language. It is related to English words like "murder" and "mortuary," and to the French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian words for "death." Something that can kill you can also be described as mortal. If you're in mortal danger, you're in a deadly situation. Action heroes often think they are dealing their enemy a mortal blow, but sometimes the enemy manages to come back to life. People are called mortals because at some point, they die.

Definitions of mortal
  1. adjective
    subject to death
    mortal beings”
    bounded or limited in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent
    of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
    of earthly origin (as mortals are)
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    not subject to death
    having no limits or boundaries in time or space or extent or magnitude
    of or belonging to heaven or god
    amaranthine, unfading
    of an imaginary flower that never fades
    deathless, undying
    never dying
    characterized by divine or godlike nature
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  2. adjective
    unrelenting and deadly
    mortal enemy”
    merciless, unmerciful
    having or showing no mercy
  3. adjective
    causing or capable of causing death
    mortal combat”
    “a mortal illness”
    synonyms: deadly, deathly
    bringing death
  4. adjective
    involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death
    synonyms: deadly
    not admitting of pardon
  5. noun
    a human being
    synonyms: individual, person, somebody, someone, soul
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    type of:
    being, organism
    a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
    causal agency, causal agent, cause
    any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
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