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Survival is a noun meaning the state or fact of continuing to live or exist especially in spite of difficult conditions. It also means something from an earlier period that still exists or is done.<ref> Accessed December 14, 2014</ref>

It suggests the struggle to remain living: Self-preservation

Survival may also refer to: Survival skills - safety and preparedness techniques used in dangerous or emergency situations or threats or in extreme weather, wilderness, or environments.

Survival! is a 1984 collection of science fiction stories by survival fiction author Gordon Dickson, the author of the best-selling Wolf and Iron (1990).

Most commonly, survival refers to the literary genre called Survival fiction or “Prepper fiction” (as popularized by New York Times best-selling author James Wesley Rawles), which according to is the most successful sector of the popular dystopian fiction genre. Survival can also refer to the film genre called Survival film, such as The Road.


  • “The refugees depend on FEMA for their survival.”
  • “Under ObamaCare, small businesses are fighting/struggling for survival.”
  • “the survival of an old folktale”
  • “The doctor said her chance of survival [=chance that she would get better and continue to live] was about 50 percent.”

The word survival is often used before another noun.

  • “The boy scouts learned basic survival skills/techniques.”
  • Patients have a high survival rate if the cancer is detected early.”
  • an animal's survival instinct [=an animal's ability to know what to do to stay alive]
  • “He uses his wits as a survival mechanism. [=as a way of self-defense / protecting himself from being hurt by other people]

The second meaning of survival is “something from an earlier period that still exists or is done” — usually singular. e.g.

  • “The holiday custom is a survival from colonial times.”
  • “survival of the fittest” (natural selection) — used to refer to a situation in which only the people or things that are strongest, most skillful, etc., are able to succeed or to continue to exist
  • “In the business world, it's survival of the fittest.”


First known use is 1598. Others say, 1425-75; late Middle English.

Middle English surviven, from Old French sourvivre, from Latin supervīvere : super-, super- + vīvere, to live; (“to outlive”), from Latin super (“over”) + vivere (“to live”), akin to vita (“life”).<ref>American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition</ref>

<ref> Accessed December 12, 2014</ref>


noun: continuation, continuity, endurance, durability, continuance noun something that survives: vestige, relic, remnant, remainder noun endurance: continuation, relic, natural selection

More words related to survival: continuance, duration, constancy, continuation, endurance, extension, guts, longevity, period, permanence, perpetuation, protraction, run, term, vitality.<ref> Accessed December 14, 2014</ref>


extinction<ref> Accessed December 14, 2014</ref>, death, perishment (perish), non-existence, discontinuance


  • “What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can't move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won't be troubling you much longer.”

― Douglas Adams, The Original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Radio Scripts

  • “The survival of the fittest”

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James Wesley Rawles' "Survival"

Jack Spirko's "Survival"

Jack Spirko's "Survival"

MD Creekmore's site: "Survival"


John Jacob Schmidt's "Survival"

Alexander Barron's "Survival"

Dave Duffy, Massad Ayoob, John Silveira, and Claire Wolfe's "Survival"

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy's "Survival"

Lisa Bedford's "Survival"

Paul Wheaton's "Survival"

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