sur·​vi·​vor·​ship | \ sər-ˈvī-vər-ˌship How to pronounce survivorship (audio) \

Definition of survivorship

1 : the legal right of the survivor of persons having joint interests in property to take the interest of the person who has died
2 : the state of being a survivor : survival
3 : the probability of surviving to a particular age also : the number or proportion of survivors (as of an age group or population)

Examples of survivorship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That lawyer then helped buy a condo in Florida for $110,000 that was titled in Schwefel's and the woman's name, with rights of survivorship. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 May 2022 Today, Elena is in a survivorship clinic and undergoes numerous tests to monitor her health. Fox News, 14 May 2022 When a spouse passes away and the spouses owned their home with right of survivorship, should the surviving spouse go to probate to sell the house? Gary Singer, Sun Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Natural foods such as acorns, skunk cabbage and grubs are abundant and bears’ reproductive success and the survivorship of cubs are both high. Jesse Leavenworth,, 25 Mar. 2022 Even so, the law provided at least one strong protection for the wife — survivorship. Gary Singer,, 3 Mar. 2022 In contrast, Icelandic and Irish literature showed much higher survivorship rates: 77 percent for Icelandic stories and 81 percent for Irish tales. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Feb. 2022 This form of ownership also has the survivorship feature and offers additional protections and rights to the couple. Gary Singer,, 16 Dec. 2021 Those who are expelled may feel a sense of betrayal, while those who remain can be consumed by the guilt of survivorship. Siddhartha Mukherjee, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of survivorship

circa 1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jun 2022

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“Survivorship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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sur·​vi·​vor·​ship | \ -ˈvī-vər-ˌship How to pronounce survivorship (audio) \

Medical Definition of survivorship

1 : the state of being a survivor quality of life in long-term survivorship (five years or longer) of patients who have experienced breast cancer
2 : the probability of surviving to a particular age also : the number or proportion of survivors (as of an age group)



Legal Definition of survivorship

1 : the right of one or more joint tenants who have survived another to take the interest of the person who has died
2 : the state of being a survivor

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