Definition of survival
1a : the act or fact of living or continuing longer than another person or thingb : 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 of survival from the Web
Recently a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer has been shown to improve survival odds for people with glioblastomas.
POLITICS is the survival of the fittest, and Nigeria is no exception.
And speaking of tiny: The microscopic superstars of intergalactic survival, the tardigrades, probably won’t get wiped out until the sun swallows the Earth.
These functionaries see his survival as the only guarantee of their own privilege and influence.
But CPR performed in the first few minutes can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
Charlie's parents wanted their son to travel to the United States for an experimental treatment, the British courts ruled against it after doctors asserted that Charlie had no chance of survival.
Previous examples of tool use in birds were all survival-related, such as gathering food.
As Vanderbilt's Williams said, every Power 5 conference expects to stick around, but the Big 12 still has the longest odds of survival.
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First Known Use of survival
SURVIVAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of survival for English Language Learners
: the state or fact of continuing to live or exist especially in spite of difficult conditions
: something from an earlier period that still exists or is done
SURVIVAL Defined for Kids
Definition of survival for Students
: the continuation of life Our survival depended on finding water.
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