the act or fact of surviving, especially under adverse or unusual circumstances.
a person or thing that survives or endures, especially an ancient custom, observance, belief, or the like.
Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) the persistence of a cultural trait, practice, or the like long after it has lost its original meaning or usefulness.
of, relating to, or for use in surviving, especially under adverse or unusual circumstances:
survival techniques.
a person or thing that survives, such as a custom

the act or fact of surviving or condition of having survived
(as modifier): survival kit


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