survival of the fittest

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survival of the fittest

(Biology) a popular term for natural selection
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surviv′al of the fit′test

(loosely) natural selection.
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Noun1.survival of the fittest - a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
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The learned professor assumes that while a long-continued war had strengthened rather than weakened the instinct of paternal devotion, it had also dulled other humanitarian instincts, and raised to the first magnitude the law of the survival of the fittest, with the result that when the exodus took place the strong, the intelligent, and the cunning, together with their offspring, crossed the waters of the Channel or the North Sea to the continent, leaving in unhappy England only the helpless inmates of asylums for the feebleminded and insane.
We believe in the survival of the fittest. You have crushed your wage slaves into the dirt and you have survived.
As though by common assent they fought, as though to determine once and for all their right to live, in accordance with the law of the survival of the fittest.
They are scientific themselves, and talk of the survival of the fittest, and cut down the salaries of their clerks, and stunt the independence of all who may menace their comfort, but yet they believe that somehow good--and it is always that sloppy 'somehow'--will be the outcome, and that in some mystical way the Mr.
If you want to be a part of Manchester United, it's a survival of the fittest isn't it?"Solskjaer acknowledged that the physical demands of a hard-running style may take its toll on some of the more experienced members of his squad.
"Instead of 'survival of the fittest,' maybe a better metaphor for the history of life is 'survival of the laziest' or at least 'survival of the sluggish.'"
Callum Pardoe will be competing in Survival of the Fittest on ITV2 NICKY JOHNSTON
VVPAYING your dues After all he has said about free market economics, the survival of the fittest and letting loss-makers wither on the vine, it's a bit rich for John McCririck to sue for dismissal citing age discrimination when very few people are still working or want to work at his age - or has he now realised working people need protection in the workplace?
With much of the popular literature on human evolution maintaining a view of the importance of male aggression in the evolution of humans (through "survival of the fittest" modes of evolution), this text reviews the evidence from archaeological investigations of our human ancestors and the biology and behavior of our close primate relatives and finds that various biases have distorted the scientific picture and have erroneously pushed to the fore male aggressiveness as a primary trait and evolutionary driver of early hominids.
Following the survival of the fittest theory, let them buy the gadget and give evolution a hand!
Kelley of Cleveland, Ohio has made what is arguably "the most important scientific discovery in history." In his new book titled The Origin of Everything, Kelley claims that Darwin's principle of 'natural selection,' or survival of the fittest, explains not only the origin of species as exposed in 1859, but the genesis of every last phenomenon in Nature.
Gerard Houllier has dubbed the Premier League relegation race the "survival of the fittest" after admitting Villa's stamina has helped them climb the table.

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