It was just another shameful act of self-preservation from a singularly evil man.
This is leading Mr. Karzai to take action that is self-preservation in nature.
Traditionally, people who make their living giving and taking punches have not paid much heed to the law of self-preservation.
The cynical will note that fundamentalist charismatics do have some sense of self-preservation.
One motivation for Republicans might be self-preservation alone.
The younger boys thought of nothing but flight and self-preservation, and the rush to the back windows became general.
For once our Buck's instinct of self-preservation had carried him too far.
A dollar has the instinct of self-preservation largely developed.
Of this cunning, with a view to self-preservation, I can give instances.
Man's first feeling was that of his own existence, and his first care that of self-preservation.