survival

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From survive +‎ -al

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survival (countable and uncountable, plural survivals)

  1. The fact or act of surviving; continued existence or life.
    His survival in the open ocean was a miracle; he had fully expected to die.
  2. (as a modifier) Of, relating to or aiding survival.
    His survival kit had all the things he needed in the wilderness.
  3. (sports) The avoidance of relegation or demotion to a lower league or division.
    • 2000, Dan Goldstein, The Rough Guide to English Football: A Fans' Handbook 2000-2001:
      "...a team that have turned snatching relegation from the jaws of top-flight survival into an art form..."
    • 2013, Alan Stubbs, How Football Saved My Life, page 139:
      "Before you know it, you find yourself flirting around the relegation places and the season becomes a battle for survival."

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