selfpreservation

self-preservation

[self-prez-er-vey-shuhn, self-]
noun
preservation of oneself from harm or destruction.

Origin:
1605–15

self-preserving, adjective
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self-preservation
 
n
the preservation of oneself from danger or injury, esp as a basic instinct

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self-preservation
1614, from self + preservation (q.v.). First attested in Donne.
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