survival of the fittest

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survival of the fittest

(Biology) a popular term for natural selection

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.
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.
The Lodge in Limpopo, South Africa, the setting for Survival Of The Fittest
Callum said he could not turn down an experience like Survival of the Fittest and says he's a bit more quirky than the regular reality show bloke.
Survival Of The Fittest kicks off tonight at 9pm on ITV2.
The city also saw an influx of smartlydressed men and women take part in a motorbike ride to raise thousands for charity yesterday - the same day competitors slugged it out in the gruelling 10km obstacle course at Survival of the Fittest.
For the final challenge Pete was joined by three of his friends from Hartlepool, Paul Moses Thompson, Lee Smith and Scott Smith who all decided to enter the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest to reach their fitness goals.
It was in 2008 that the first Survival of the Fittest took place in Nottingham.
That notion of survival of the fittest was a huge part of his ideas of how evolution worked.
It was a case of survival of the fittest or winner takes all.

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