Terry your definitions for life could be picked apart very easily.
I'm entitled to opinion but not to make up facts. The definition of LIFE I gave is standard science.
For instance there is some debate over the question of if a virus is a living thing or not and they do not have cells.
That only has to do with taxonomy, as to how biologists classify the virus currently. It is not a debate about life itself.
Also consciousness is not included in these definitions for life, which is probably because the majority of what is generally defined as life does not have it as far as we know in any practical sense.
Consciousness is a separate issue. That is why it isn't included. When you are unconscious you are still living, are you not?
So one can say that consciousness is irrelevant to life, or does not have to be alive in a physical sense in order to have experiences.
Occam's Razor: don't make things more complicated unnecessarily.
Also reproduction is another problem if life is defined by the ability to reproduce, not just because some people cannot reproduce but because life itself was presumably from non-life at some point.
The General definition of anything will, at some point, break down by instantiation with specifics. Exceptions test (i.e. prove) the rule itself.
Evolution is a constant mutation machine whereby archetypes transmute into new types.
One is never going to get 100 percent precise definitions which leaves open the door to other things.
Categories are for our convenience and are wholly ad hoc as an imposed discipline for understanding.
Nature itself is a vast grayscale.
In math, arbitrary (but necessary) rules are declared to prevent--for example--dividing by zero. Operations come in a certain order (i.e. F.O.I.L.)
and it keeps mathematicians on the same page. Yet, it is a convention or orthodoxy.
The same is true of Logic. These are tools for thought and praxis.
Knowing these tools and applying them gets us far closer to a rigor of rational understanding than declaring deuces wild the way
religion and metaphysics do in supernatural venues.