survival of the fittest

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Definition of survival of the fittest

: the natural process by which organisms best adjusted to their environment are most successful in surviving and reproducing : natural selection Our house sits in the middle of the woods, with poisonous snakes in the grass and snapping turtles in the ponds, where the survival of the fittest punctuates each day.— Steven Lewis It's part of human nature to be competitive; after all, survival of the fittest is the basis of evolution.— Suzanne Sievert often used figuratively to describe a situation, attitude, etc., of fierce or ruthless competition Fashion Week is survival of the fittest. So preparing for all angles of what could happen is the smart move in this game.— Christina M. HinkeSurvival of the fittest is a cold and heartless doctrine, unless you stop to think of the benefits of fitness. Strong, fit companies are job-creating companies …— David Von Dreblea survival of the fittest approach/mentality/environment

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Survival of the fittest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survival%20of%20the%20fittest. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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