self-preserving

adjective
self-pre·​serv·​ing | \ ˌself-pri-ˈzər-viŋ How to pronounce self-preserving (audio) \

Definition of self-preserving

: acting or tending to preserve oneself or itself self-preserving instincts/behavior It's a novel about whether, amid the absurd twists and cruelties of life, you end up being a self-preserving observer of the fray, a committed fighter against overwhelming odds, or something uncomfortably in between.— Kenneth Kid

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1605, in the meaning defined above

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