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survivor

[ser-vahy-ver] /sərˈvaɪ vər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that survives.
2.
Law. the one of two or more designated persons, as joint tenants or others having a joint interest, who outlives the other or others.
3.
a person who continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship, or setbacks.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; survive + -or2
Related forms
nonsurvivor, noun
self-survivor, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-survivor

survivor

n.

c.1500, in the legal sense of "one who outlives another," agent noun from survive. Meaning "one who has a knack for pulling through adversity" is attested from 1971. Survivor syndrome is first recorded 1968.

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