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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A natural or instinctive tendency to act so as to protect one's own existence

Usage examples (37)
  • She clasped her forearm in her hand, squeezing with all her might in order to keep herself in check—to keep herself from lashing out in the name of self-preservation.
  • The instinct of self-preservation at once provoked
  • He likewise has a keen sense of self-preservation.
  • There's more than self-preservation at stake for Blair. for more
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