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Definition of survival noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    survival

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//sərˈvaɪvl//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of continuing to live or exist, often despite difficulty or danger the struggle/battle/fight for survival His only chance of survival was a heart transplant. Exporting is necessary for our economic survival. Continued trade in these products is a threat to the survival of the species.
  2. 2[countable] survival (from something) something that has continued to exist from an earlier time synonym relic The ceremony is a survival from pre-Christian times.
  3. Idioms
    the survival of the fittest
     
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    the principle that only the people or things that are best adapted to their surroundings will continue to exist