Definition of survival in English:

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Pronunciation: /sərˈvīvəl/


1The state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances: the animal’s chances of survival were pretty low figurative he was fighting for his political survival
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  • He had nothing to live for, but somehow the human instinct for survival overcame all the odds.
  • What this drug hopes to offer is a better life during treatment and a higher chance of survival overall.
  • This discrepancy at birth is evened out later on, as the girl child has better instincts of survival.
1.1An object or practice that has continued to exist from an earlier time: his shorts were a survival from his army days
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  • The Reformation settlement that established particular versions of Christianity as official religions in Britain has largely worn out, except for a few anachronistic survivals.
  • One method through which this was achieved was by re-positioning the religious ritual forms as archaic survivals of a Hindu past.
  • It would be imprudent to write them off as doomed archaic survivals.


survival of the fittest

Biology The continued existence of organisms that are best adapted to their environment, with the extinction of others, as a concept in the Darwinian theory of evolution. Compare with natural selection.
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  • In this film, both human and animal experiences highlight the Darwinian concept of survival of the fittest.
  • It's an artificial-intelligence concept based on the idea of Darwinian survival of the fittest.
  • Since the very beginning of life, Darwin's theory of evolution, or survival of the fittest, has applied itself.

Words that rhyme with survival

adjectival, arrival, deprival, genitival, imperatival, infinitival, outrival, relatival, revival, rival, substantival

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Syllabification: sur·viv·al

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