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self-preservation

[self-prez-er-vey-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlfˌprɛz ərˈveɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
noun
1.
preservation of oneself from harm or destruction.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15
Related forms
self-preserving, adjective
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Examples for self preservation
  • The threat perception to self preservation is checked first and the rest are ordained stochastically as per their significance.
  • Alas, humanity is unable to collaborate for its own self preservation.
  • The veteran is capable of self preservation in case of fire or other evacuation, and basic self care.
British Dictionary definitions for self preservation

self-preservation

noun
1.
the preservation of oneself from danger or injury, esp as a basic instinct
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Word Origin and History for self preservation

self-preservation

n.

1610s, from self- + preservation. First attested in Donne.

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