survival

noun, often attributive
sur·​viv·​al | \ sər-ˈvī-vəl How to pronounce survival (audio) \

Definition of survival

1a : the act or fact of living or continuing longer than another person or thing
b : 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
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Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of cultivating business resilience as a means of long-term organizational survival. Vishal Gupta, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 But detailed results presented Monday revealed issues with the conduct and analysis of the clinical trial — leaving the company’s claim of a survival benefit open for debate. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 20 Sep. 2021 In either case, a diagnosis of multiple myeloma can be unsettling, but know this: treatment can lessen symptoms, slow disease progression, and prolong survival while preserving quality of life, says the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Barbara Brody, Health.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Water, for many, expresses spiritual decontamination, salvation, self-care, and survival. Shamira Ibrahi, Allure, 17 Sep. 2021 But others, especially those in the heavily polluting energy sector, have been cagier about their intentions or have resisted overhauling operations for the sake of planetary survival. David Lazarus, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2021 But others, especially those in the heavily polluting energy sector, have been cagier about their intentions or have resisted overhauling operations for the sake of planetary survival. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 But to see whether that turnout advantage holds (and translates into Newsom's survival), here are some specific places to watch on Tuesday. Maeve Reston, CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 The four pilots in the two jets began to prep for combat, securing their pistols, donning their survival vests, and rechecking their ejection seats. Jeff Bolton, Popular Mechanics, 13 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of survival

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of survival was in 1598

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23 Sep 2021

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“Survival.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survival. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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survival

noun

English Language Learners Definition of survival

: 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

noun
sur·​viv·​al | \ sər-ˈvī-vəl How to pronounce survival (audio) \

Kids Definition of survival

: the continuation of life Our survival depended on finding water.

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