self-preservation

noun self-pres·er·va·tion \ ˌself-ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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


SELF-PRESERVATION Defined for English Language Learners

self-preservation

noun

Definition of self-preservation for English Language Learners

  • : protection of yourself from harm or death


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