survival

noun

sur·​viv·​al sər-ˈvī-vəl How to pronounce survival (audio)
often attributive
1
a
: the act or fact of living or continuing longer than another person or thing
b
: the continuation of life or existence
problems of survival in arctic conditions
2
: one that survives

Examples of survival in a Sentence

The refugees depend on foreign aid for their survival. Small businesses are fighting for survival. the survival of an old folktale
Recent Examples on the Web Ants can perform life-saving amputations on their wounded, study says The amputations prevent infections and increase survival rates. Eva Dou, Washington Post, 5 July 2024 Two of his far-right coalition partners have insisted that the war against Hamas continue, potentially forcing Netanyahu to choose between a deal that ends the war and frees the hostages, and the survival of his government. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 5 July 2024 While market experts say merging Saks and Neiman’s compounds both of their chances of long-term survival, both have been experiencing sluggish sales as consumers shift much of their spending to travel, dining out and other experiences. Evan Clark, WWD, 4 July 2024 For lower leg injuries in which just cleaning was performed, the survival rate was about 75%, compared to around 15% for unattended injuries. Will Dunham, USA TODAY, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for survival 

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of survival was in 1598

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“Survival.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survival. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

survival

noun
sur·​viv·​al sər-ˈvī-vəl How to pronounce survival (audio)
1
: the act or fact of living or continuing longer than another person or thing
survival of half the population after the epidemic
2
: a continuation of life despite difficult conditions
skills for survival in the desert
3
: one that survives
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