from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of surviving.
- n. The fact of having survived.
- n. Something, such as an ancient custom or belief, that has survived.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The fact or act of surviving; continued existence or life.
- n. Of, relating to or aiding survival.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A living or continuing longer than, or beyond the existence of, another person, thing, or event; an outliving.
- n. Any habit, usage, or belief, remaining from ancient times, the origin of which is often unknown, or imperfectly known.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of surviving or outliving; a living beyond the life of another person; in general, the fact of living or existing longer than the persons, things, or circumstances which have formed the original and natural environment: often specifically applied to the case of a rite, habit, belief, or the like remaining in existence after what justified it has passed away.
- n. One who or that which thus survives, outlives, or outlasts.
- n. In biology, the fact of the continued existence of some forms of animal and vegetable life after the time when certain related forms have become extinct; also, the law or underlying principle of such continued existence, as by the process of natural selection: in either case more fully called survival of the fittest, and by implication noting the extinction of other organisms less fitted or unfit to survive the struggle for existence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment
- n. something that survives
- n. a state of surviving; remaining alive
Obviously, defenders of group rights who use the term survival to denote cultural continuity tend to give priority to this end over and above individual rights.
It should be clear by now that in the Canadian case, as well as in the debate between Orthodox and Reform Judaism, the term survival refers not to the actual survival of the community or its members but to the survival of the traditional way of life.
The use of the term survival in the context of the debate over group rights is common, yet alarming.
Brad, I do not “like” the term survival of the fittest.
The term survival expresses a truth, but only a part of the truth.
While one can only be classed as a "refugee" if one is fleeing persecution and a direct threat to one's life, the term survival migration describes those fleeing "an existential threat to which they have no domestic recourse" due to a combination of state collapse, livelihood failure and environmental disaster.
Their fundamental philosophy - which I characterize as survival of the fittest, richest and whitest - is too callous for most Americans.
Our decisions as individuals, families, and as a nation are based on what we call survival needs: what we deem to be real, practical, and necessary for physical existence, like efficiency and defense.
In the largest sense, itâ€ ™ s almost a spiritual issue, because our survival is at stake.
He wanted to carry out what he called the survival of the fittest, saying only those who were of the most intelligent in the world, some 3 percent, he said, should actually be allowed to survive -- Hala.