self-preservation


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self-pres·er·va·tion

(sĕlf′prĕz′ər-vā′shən)
n.
1. Protection of oneself from harm or destruction.
2. The instinct for individual preservation; the innate desire to stay alive.

self-preservation

n
the preservation of oneself from danger or injury, esp as a basic instinct

self′-preserva′tion



n.
preservation of oneself from harm or destruction.
[1605–15]
self′-preserv′ing, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-preservation - preservation of yourself from harm; a natural or instinctive tendency
preservation, saving - the activity of protecting something from loss or danger
Translations

self-preservation

[ˌselfprezəˈveɪʃən] Nautopreservación f, propia conservación f

self-preservation

[ˈsɛlfˌprɛzəˈveɪʃn] nistinto di conservazione

self-preservation

(ˈselfprezəˈveiʃən) noun
the natural inclination towards the protection of oneself from harm, danger etc. Self-preservation is our strongest instinct.
References in classic literature ?
He fell upon me in accordance with the law by which he was moved--not of gravitation, like a detached stone, but of self-preservation. Of course this is giving it a rather wide interpretation.
"The necessity of eating and drinking, that is to say, solely the instinct of self-preservation..."
Perhaps my mind, with an instinct of self-preservation, sought relief in matters which would relax its dangerous tension.
Falk obeys the law of self-preservation without the slightest misgivings as to his right, but at a crucial turn of that ruthlessly preserved life he will not condescend to dodge the truth.
It has been urged that the presence of the accused brothers in that fatal room, just after notification that one of them must take the life of Judge Driscoll or lose his own the moment the parties should meet, clearly signifies that the natural of self-preservation moved my clients to go there secretly and save Count Luigi by destroying his adversary.
Could I sufficiently master the animal instinct of self-preservation to deliberately let myself sink at the first plunge?
If the power of affording it be placed under the direction of the Union, there will be no danger of a supine and listless inattention to the dangers of a neighbor, till its near approach had superadded the incitements of self-preservation to the too feeble impulses of duty and sympathy.
Were it proposed by the plan of the convention to abolish the governments of the particular States, its adversaries would have some ground for their objection; though it would not be difficult to show that if they were abolished the general government would be compelled, by the principle of self-preservation, to reinstate them in their proper jurisdiction.
When they had forced a goblet of the fiery liquid upon him, Peter of Colfax regained his lost nerve enough so that he could raise his sword arm and defend himself; and as the fumes circulated through him, and the primal instinct of self-preservation asserted itself, he put up a more and more creditable fight, until those who watched thought that he might indeed have a chance to vanquish the Outlaw of Torn.
Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature.
There we kill for food and for self-preservation, or in the winning of mates and the protection of the young.
The primitive instinct of self-preservation acknowledges many arts and wiles; but argument is not one of them, nor did he now waste precious time in an attempt to convince the raiders that he was not a wolf in sheep's clothing.