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self–preservation

noun self–pres·er·va·tion \-ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən\

: protection of yourself from harm or death

Full Definition of SELF-PRESERVATION

1
:  preservation of oneself from destruction or harm
2
:  a natural or instinctive tendency to act so as to preserve one's own existence

First Known Use of SELF-PRESERVATION

circa 1614

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