Etymology
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survival (n.)

1590s, "act of surviving; continuation after some event," from survive + -al (2). Phrase survival of the fittest (1864) was used by Spencer in place of Darwin's natural selection.

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Definitions of survival

survival (n.)
a state of surviving; remaining alive;
Synonyms: endurance
survival (n.)
a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment;
Synonyms: survival of the fittest / natural selection / selection
survival (n.)
something that survives;
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