survival mechanism


: a way of protecting oneself from being hurt by other people

Examples of survival mechanism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And that's part of the cicada's survival mechanism. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 People used to joke during communism too: Humor was their main survival mechanism. Marta Balaga, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 The survival mechanism kicks off when cysteines, one of the amino acids that forms proteins in the body, come into contact with these oxygen free radicals and becomes oxidized, the researchers found. Jenna Schnuer, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 The brain has evolved to prioritize social connectedness, a survival mechanism rooted in our tribal past. Kwame Christian, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The new research, published on July 27 in the journal PLOS Genetics, also compares the Siberian worm’s survival mechanism with one found in another nematode species, Caenorhabditis elegans—a model organism used in laboratories around the world. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 27 July 2023 Even a small shift in ocean chemistry could throw off this delicate survival mechanism. Danielle L. Dixson, Scientific American, 1 June 2017 And this is a survival mechanism. James Brown, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2023 So, my survival mechanism was … a little bit freeze, a little but fight, but mostly the appease response, which is to kind of co-regulate this person's nervous system. Fox News, 1 Mar. 2023

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“Survival mechanism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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