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self-preservation

noun [U] uk   /ˌselfˌprez.əˈveɪ.ʃən/  us   /-ɚ-/
behaviour based on the characteristics or feelings that warn people or animals to protect themselves from difficulties or dangers: It was his instinct for self-preservation that led him to abandon his former friends and transfer his allegiance to the new rulers.
Translations of “self-preservation”
in Vietnamese bản năng tự bảo toàn…
in Spanish autopreservación, propia conservación…
in Thai การรักษาตัวเอง…
in Malaysian penjagaan diri…
in French instinct de conservation…
in German die Selbsterhaltung…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自保,自我保護…
in Indonesian sifat menjaga diri…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自保,自我保护…
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