Survival of the fittest
Survival Sur*viv"al, n. [From {Survive}.] 1. A living or continuing longer than, or beyond the existence of, another person, thing, or event; an outliving. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arh[ae]ol. & Ethnol.) Any habit, usage, or belief, remaining from ancient times, the origin of which is often unknown, or imperfectly known. [1913 Webster]

The close bearing of the doctrine of survival on the study of manners and customs. --Tylor. [1913 Webster]

{Survival of the fittest}. (Biol.) See {Natural selection}, under {Natural}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • survival of the fittest — {n. phr.} The staying alive or in action of the best prepared; often: idea that those living things best able to adjust to life survive and those unable to adjust die out. * /Life in the old West was often a case of survival of the fittest./ *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • survival of the fittest — {n. phr.} The staying alive or in action of the best prepared; often: idea that those living things best able to adjust to life survive and those unable to adjust die out. * /Life in the old West was often a case of survival of the fittest./ *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • survival of the fittest — ► the idea that only the strongest can succeed: »Unfettered competition has led to survival of the fittest, with a few large companies reaping huge profits while small companies have been driven out of business. Main Entry: ↑survival …   Financial and business terms

  • survival of the fittest — the idea that your survival depends on competing successfully within your environment with other creatures of your own type In business, it s the survival of the fittest …   English dictionary

  • survival of the fittest — ► survival of the fittest Biology the continued existence of the organisms best adapted to their environment; natural selection. Main Entry: ↑survival …   English terms dictionary

  • survival of the fittest — survival of the fittest. См. выживание наиболее приспособленных. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • survival of the fittest — n. nontechnical term for NATURAL SELECTION …   English World dictionary

  • Survival of the fittest — For other uses, see Survival of the fittest (disambiguation). Herbert Spencer coined the phrase, survival of the fittest. Survival of the fittest is a phrase which is commonly used in contexts other than intended by its first two proponents:… …   Wikipedia

  • Survival of the Fittest — Herbert Spencer, der Urheber des Begriffs „Survival of the Fittest“ „Survival of the Fittest“ bedeutet im Sinne der Darwin’schen Evolutionstheorie das Überleben der bestangepassten Individuen. Dieser Ausdruck wurde im Jahr 1864 durch den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Survival of the fittest — Herbert Spencer, der Urheber des Begriffs „Survival of the Fittest“ „Survival of the Fittest“ bedeutet im Sinne der Darwinschen Evolutionstheorie das Überleben der bestangepassten Individuen. Dieser Ausdruck wurde im Jahr 1864 durch den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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