self-preservation

noun
self-pres·​er·​va·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce self-preservation (audio) \

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-preservation. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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