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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 Spanish autopreservación, propia conservación…
in French instinct de conservation…
in German die Selbsterhaltung…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自保,自我保護…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自保,自我保护…
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