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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 of self-preservation
1605-1615
1605-15
Related forms
self-preserving, adjective
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  • In that moment Tito, with bloodless face and eyes dilated, had one of the self-preserving inspirations that come in extremity.

    Romola George Eliot
  • Through all this bewilderment, self-preserving interest guides his course.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • Pride is a deep-rooted and a self-preserving sin; and therefore harder to be killed and rooted up than other sins.

  • Prompted by a self-preserving instinct, this nationality deftly kept itself hid.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • Every self-preserving instinct would have shrieked at such an infatuate immolation.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
  • The panther was slain, not from a view to the relief of my hunger, but from the self-preserving and involuntary impulse.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • Hunger is the most pressing desire of the egoistic or self-preserving impulse.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • How else could the self-preserving instincts, and all that grows out of them, have been evoked?

  • After all, self-preservation is the first law, and Oscar is a self-preserving type.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • He was an average, self-preserving Caucasian, who was only merciless when his own life hung in the balance.

    The Rogue Elephant Elliott Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for self-preserving

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-preserving

self-preservation

n.

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

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