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struggle for existence

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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struggle for existence

(not in technical usage) competition between organisms of a population, esp as a factor in the evolution of plants and animals See also natural selection
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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