self-preservation

noun
self-pres·​er·​va·​tion | \ˌself-ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən \

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of self-preservation was circa 1614

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self-preservation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of self-preservation

: protection of yourself from harm or death

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