survivor

[ser-vahy-ver]
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; survive + -or2

nonsurvivor, noun
self-survivor, noun
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survivor (səˈvaɪvə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that survives
2.  property law one of two or more specified persons having joint interests in property who lives longer than the other or others and thereby becomes entitled to the whole property
 
survivorship
 
n

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survivor
1504, in the legal sense of "one who outlives another," 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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Example sentences
Ask students to write an essay from the point of view of a tornado survivor.
The same day the search was abandoned, another survivor died of his injuries.
Measured returns for the sector were boosted by survivor bias: failed funds
  ceased to be counted in the indices.
For each case consider the impact on all others in contact with that brain
  injured survivor.
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