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survival

[ser-vahy-vuh l] /sərˈvaɪ vəl/
noun
1.
the act or fact of surviving, especially under adverse or unusual circumstances.
2.
a person or thing that survives or endures, especially an ancient custom, observance, belief, or the like.
3.
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.
adjective
4.
of, relating to, or for use in surviving, especially under adverse or unusual circumstances:
survival techniques.
Origin of survival
1590-1600
1590-1600; survive + -al2
Related forms
nonsurvival, noun
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  • In him you may see a typical and beautiful example of the survival of the Fittest.

    'That Very Mab' May Kendall and Andrew Lang
  • All this, no doubt, was but a survival of his long religious training.

  • On such individual and national virtues is founded the survival of the race and of the massive empire.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • How does the process of Selection make for the survival of the fittest?

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • It is found amongst uncivilized people, but is hardly to be regarded as a survival in higher civilization.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for survival

survival

/səˈvaɪvəl/
noun
1.
a person or thing that survives, such as a custom
2.
  1. the act or fact of surviving or condition of having survived
  2. (as modifier): survival kit
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Word Origin and History for survival
n.

1590s, from survive + -al (2). Phrase survival of the fittest was used by Spencer in place of Darwin's natural selection.

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