I don't exactly know how to phrase the question, but it seems like most forces in the universe are governed by physical processes where entropy is constantly increasing.
Then you have Earth, where we have living organisms that expend energy to (locally) combat the forces of entropy, i.e. matter binds with itself to create structures. Although on Earth, living organisms are also subject to entropy and die and decay into smaller, more primitive constituents.
On Earth, we also have robots and technology that combat these same forces, but the work can ultimately be traced back to a life-form that initiated the process. And technically, the sun would be considered the source from whence the life-forms obtained the energy to perform the work.
I am having an extremely difficult time imagining a type of process where work is performed to create structures combatting the forces of entropy on a local scale. The obvious exception is life as it is on Earth, and it seems like the necessary antecedent.
Would all instances of processes that combat entropy in this type of scenario be considered life?
Edit: I want to tag this as entropy and universe, but I have insufficient points.