from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Law The right to sole ownership of an estate upon the death of any joint owners of the estate.
  • noun The condition of being a survivor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The probability that where several persons perished at practically the same time. as, by the same accident, one briefly outlived the others. This inference was based on medical science and, until recently, upon it was decided the disposition of rights or property affected. The rule of law now followed is that that person survives in whom the ownership vested at the time. A counterclaim must be proved.
  • noun The state of surviving; survival.
  • noun In law, the right of a joint tenant or other person who has a joint interest in an estate to take the whole estate upon the death of the other.
  • noun An expectative to a specified benefice; the right and privilege to be collated in the future to a specified benefice not vacant at the time of the grant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being a survivor.
  • noun (Law) The right of a joint tenant, or other person who has a joint interest in an estate, to take the whole estate upon the death of other.
  • noun the chance that a person of a given age has of surviving another of a giving age; thus, by the Carlisle tables of mortality the chances of survivorship for two persons, aged 25 and 65, are 89 and 11 respectively, or about 8 to 1 that the elder die first.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being a survivor.
  • noun law A right whereby a person becomes entitled to property by reason of his having survived another person who had an interest in it. It is one of the elements of a joint tenancy.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From survivor +‎ -ship.


  • The term survivorship was first coined in 1985, but was expanded to include family members and caregivers since "no one can survive cancer alone."


  • A CHOP oncologist and a nationally recognized leader in survivorship care, Dr. Anna T. Meadows, developed Living Well After Cancer and she continues to work closely with this program.

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  • During a visit to this clinic, a nurse practitioner with expertise in survivorship and late effects and a physician who specializes in the care of patients with brain tumors will ensure that an individualized care plan is developed and followed based on the type of tumor, the therapy received and any current problems.

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  • The inverse association in women could reflect a genetic resilience to disease seen in older people called the survivorship effect plus the protective effects of long-term estrogen exposure, they said.

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  • However, what constitutes your eldest sister's estate on death depends on whether the deeds to the property she jointly owns with your other sister contain a "survivorship clause" also known as a "survivorship destination".

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  • Indulgence in the faulty thinking known as survivorship bias is universal throughout publishing.

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  • We've learned there's a whole energy balance issue and now we're really trying to ferret out how body weight status plays a role in how people get through treatment successfully, and how it influences their long-term survivorship and overall health afterwards. "

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  • Any investor who has spent time looking into benchmarking active managers has probably come across the notion of survivorship bias and how it makes the group look better than they really are.

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  • The process of merging files requires what are known as survivorship rules for each column in the datasets.

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  • Such usage requires good performance characteristics (as customer data can be high in volume) and needs to be able to cope with things such as survivorship rules i.e. ranking which sources of customer data are most trustworthy.

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