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"survival of the fittest" in British English

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survival of the fittestnoun [U]

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the ​principle that ​animals and ​plantssuited to the ​conditions they ​live in are more ​likely to ​stayalive and ​produce other ​animals and ​plants than those that are not ​suited
(Definition of survival of the fittest from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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survival of the fittest

the ​belief that only the ​people with a ​strongdesire to ​succeed and the ​ability to ​change as ​conditionschange will ​achievesuccess: Survival of the ​fittest will ​determine which ​farms make it.
(Definition of survival of the fittest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “survival of the fittest”
in Chinese (Simplified) 适者生存…
in Chinese (Traditional) 適者生存…
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