struggle for existence

noun phrase

Definition of struggle for existence

: the automatic competition of members of a natural population for limited vital resources (such as food, space, or light) that results in natural selection

First Known Use of struggle for existence

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Struggle for existence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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