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 The survivorship of Chanel Miller is irrepressibly political. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Irrepressibly Political Survivorship of Chanel Miller," 11 Oct. 2019 The Active Living After Cancer program aims to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors by promoting physical activity and by providing navigation services for survivorship issues. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "In celebration of Kelsey Research Foundation’s 25th Annual Golf Classic, event raises landmark $350,000," 13 June 2019 Without it, if one spouse dies, the other automatically inherits the other half – known as the right of survivorship. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "Divorce: How to stay financially secure when you're splitting up," 7 Aug. 2019 In doing so, the film subtly weaves a narrative that acknowledges the true actualities of survivorship. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "HBO’s Share Addresses Sexual Assault Unlike Any Movie You’ve Ever Seen," 26 July 2019 At the beginning of the game, Rugai announces each survivor’s name and the length of her survivorship. Eliza Fawcett,, "‘We want to give money directly to research’: Softball tournament propels search for cure for breast cancer," 5 July 2019 That is what Mitchell and Trask were doing, along with a palpable and surely timeless embrace of survivorship. Chris Jones,, "Is Evanston ready for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’?," 19 June 2019 Allonursing could enhance infant survivorship in the face of these environmental challenges. National Geographic, "Why do these monkeys nurse each other’s babies?," 22 Feb. 2019 In the joint tenants with rights of survivorship arrangement, on the death of one tenant, the survivor will, by law, own the entire house. Benny L. Kass,, "Should unmarried couples sign a contract before moving in together?," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of survivorship

circa 1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Survivorship.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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