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struggle for existence

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noun
  1. the competition in nature among organisms of a population to maintain themselves in a given environment and to survive to reproduce others of their kind.

Origin of struggle for existence

First recorded in 1820–30
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struggle for existence

noun
  1. (not in technical usage) competition between organisms of a population, esp as a factor in the evolution of plants and animalsSee also natural selection
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