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survival

[ser-vahy-vuh l] /sərˈvaɪ vəl/
noun
1.
the act or fact of surviving, especially under adverse or unusual circumstances.
2.
a person or thing that survives or endures, especially an ancient custom, observance, belief, or the like.
3.
Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) the persistence of a cultural trait, practice, or the like long after it has lost its original meaning or usefulness.
adjective
4.
of, relating to, or for use in surviving, especially under adverse or unusual circumstances:
survival techniques.
Origin of survival
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; survive + -al2
Related forms
nonsurvival, noun
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survival

/səˈvaɪvəl/
noun
1.
a person or thing that survives, such as a custom
2.
  1. the act or fact of surviving or condition of having survived
  2. (as modifier): survival kit
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Word Origin and History for survival
n.

1590s, from survive + -al (2). Phrase survival of the fittest was used by Spencer in place of Darwin's natural selection.

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