self-preservation

[ self-prez-er-vey-shuhn, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlfˌprɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf- /

noun

preservation of oneself from harm or destruction.

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Origin of self-preservation

First recorded in 1605–15

OTHER WORDS FROM self-preservation

self-pre·serv·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-preservation

self-preservation

noun

the preservation of oneself from danger or injury, esp as a basic instinct
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