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One who prepares for possible dangers such as natural disasters, societal collapse, or nuclear war, especially one who focuses on the most basic elements of survival such as food and shelter.


a. a person who believes in ensuring his or her personal survival of a catastrophic event by arming himself or herself and often by living in the wild
b. (as modifier): survivalist weapons.
surˈvivalˌism n


(sərˈvaɪ və lɪst)

a person who makes preparations to survive a widespread catastrophe, as an atomic war, esp. by storing food and weapons in a safe place.
sur•viv′al•ism, n.
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Noun1.survivalist - someone who tries to insure their personal survival or the survival of their group or nation
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"


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