Pronunciation: (sur-vī'vul), [key]
1. the act or fact of surviving, esp. under adverse or unusual circumstances.
2. a person or thing that survives or endures, esp. an ancient custom, observance, belief, or the like.
3. Anthropol.(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, pertaining to, or for use in surviving, esp. under adverse or unusual circumstances: survival techniques.
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