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self-preservation

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Protection of oneself from harm or destruction.
  • n. The instinct for individual preservation; the innate desire to stay alive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The instinctive behaviour that protects oneself from harm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The preservation of one's self from destruction or injury.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The preservation of one's self from destruction or injury.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. preservation of yourself from harm; a natural or instinctive tendency

Etymologies

self- +‎ preservation (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The crimes of the secular state in the name of self-preservation must make us yearn for strong correctives to capitalist parliamentarian incarnations of democracy.

    Feisal G. Mohamed: Evaluating the Post-Secular Return to Belief

  • She clasped her forearm in her hand, squeezing with all her might in order to keep herself in check—to keep herself from lashing out in the name of self-preservation.

    Pure Sin

  • It may be one of the consequences of our at-large voting system - it may also be apathy or willful ignorance in the name of self-preservation - but chances are you've never heard of most of the candidates running for mayor and council in the Vancouver civic election.

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  • It had been many years since he’d felt any hesitation at all about killing anyone, but he was conscious of having to deliberately keep reminding himself that in the name of self-preservation he had to kill her.

    Shameless

  • It's called self-preservation - we're born with it.

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  • So the Republican side had a mood of self-preservation, a sense that they would be loyal to the White House in their fashion.

    The Good Fight

  • It could be that religious believers deign to tolerate other religions purely for self-preservation, calculating that since no single religion has majority status it is best to grant a full measure of liberty to other faiths, to ensure maximum liberty for oneself.

    American Grace

  • Instead, he spent the rest of the war in Palestine, a fact that caused a rift with his family and surviving Jewish associates who accused him — wrongly — of abandonment and self-preservation.

    Chapter News

  • Namely, that the euro was tanking on rumors about the secret meeting, so it was "self-preservation."

    Overheard: Lie Monger

  • If you go by the ways of the body, it knows only self-preservation and procreation.

    Sadhguru: Yoga: A Dimension Beyond the Physical

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