Definition of survival value in English:

survival value

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noun

[mass noun]
  • The property of an ability, faculty, or characteristic that makes individuals possessing it more likely to survive, thrive, and reproduce: everyone knows that a bad smell is of survival value to the skunk
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    • Evolutionary naturalism assumes that our cognitive faculties developed as they did because they had some survival value or reproductive advantage.
    • We did not consider an individual survival value to be significantly different from the mean if the confidence intervals overlapped the mean.
    • However, pessimism as much as optimism has survival value or natural selection would have removed it from our heritage long ago.

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