Meaning of “survival” in the English Dictionary

"survival" in British English

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survivalnoun

uk /səˈvaɪ.vəl/ us /sɚˈvaɪ.vəl/

B2 [ U ] the fact of a person, organization, etc. continuing to live or exist:

The doctors told my wife I had a 50/50 chance of survival.
His main concern is to ensure his own political survival.
England are fighting for survival (= trying not to be defeated) in this game.

[ C ] something that has continued to exist from a previous time:

Most of these traditions are survivals from earlier times.

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survivaladjective

uk /səˈvaɪ.vəl/ us /sɚˈvaɪ.vəl/

(Definition of “survival” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"survival" in American English

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survivalnoun [ U ]

us /sərˈvɑɪ·vəl/

the state of continuing to live or to exist, esp. after a dangerous event:

Doctors told my wife I had a 50/50 chance of survival.

(Definition of “survival” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"survival" in Business English

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survivalnoun [ U ]

uk /səˈvaɪvəl/ us

the state of continuing to exist, and not to fail or be destroyed:

His main concern is to ensure his own political survival.
The survival of the company in such difficult economic times is very uncertain.
survival of the fittest

the idea that only the strongest can succeed:

Unfettered competition has led to survival of the fittest, with a few large companies reaping huge profits while small companies have been driven out of business.

(Definition of “survival” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)