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.
of, relating to, or for use in surviving, especially under adverse or unusual circumstances: survival techniques.
- non·sur·viv·al, noun
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How to use survival in a sentence
Realizing that a company whose survival I care about was involved in this craziness made me stop laughing and start thinking.Like GameStop, Bed Bath & Beyond has been reduced to a meme stock. But 42,000 people work there. | Allan Sloan | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Lean in to loving relationshipsRight now — while we’re in survival mode — is not the ideal time to try to muddle through problems with complex relationships if you can avoid it.Why working moms deserve a tantrum (and how to survive the remainder of the pandemic) | Christine Koh | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
The ongoing anxieties over soldiers’ survival joined the horror of influenza to produce a flood of conspiracy theories.The key to combating conspiracy theories about coronavirus vaccines | Cameron Givens | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
For one, the survival rate for younger cancer patients has improved dramatically.How to Fix the Incentives in Cancer Research (Ep. 449) | Stephen J. Dubner | January 28, 2021 | Freakonomics
Especially when you’re in survival mode, and just trying to get through it.How One Instagram Post Inspired Diners From Around the World to Donate Restaurant Meals | Amanda Kludt | January 27, 2021 | Eater
With chemotherapy, her doctors give her at least an 80 percent chance of survival.
She is using this technique, which generations of African-Americans have used for survival, for fame and profit.
My survival no longer offers the time, but to see others expressing frustration they can barely put into words is helpful.
James brought little in the way of survival skills, but his companionship at night raised the team morale.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious | Marlow Stern | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her hold on her position at the hospital—and thus, her survival—is tenuous and she knows it.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale | Melissa Leon | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The moment that we introduce the operation of human volition and activity, that, too, becomes one of the factors of "survival."The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
In the milk teeth of man we have another useless and often annoying survival of an ancient state of the dental organs.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
Its most probable explanation is that it appears as a passing survival of the first permanent coat of hair of the lower mammals.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
There is great perseverance, aye, moral courage of no mean order, in his survival in the movement.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
Mr. Douce thinks the custom of choosing valentines was a survival from the Roman feast of the Lupercalia.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for survival
a person or thing that survives, such as a custom
the act or fact of surviving or condition of having survived
(as modifier): survival kit
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