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noun

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.

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Origin of struggle for existence

First recorded in1820–30
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struggle for existence

noun

(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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