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Princeton's WordNet

  1. survival, survival of the fittest, natural selection, selection(noun)

    a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment


  1. survival of the fittest(Noun)

    Natural selection.

  2. Origin: * Coined by philosopher Herbert Spencer in 1864.


  1. Survival of the fittest

    "Survival of the fittest" is a phrase originating in evolutionary theory, as an alternative description of natural selection. The phrase is today commonly used in contexts that are incompatible with the original meaning as intended by its first two proponents: British polymath philosopher Herbert Spencer and Charles Darwin. Herbert Spencer first used the phrase – after reading Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species – in his Principles of Biology, in which he drew parallels between his own economic theories and Darwin's biological ones, writing, "This survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called 'natural selection', or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life." Darwin first used Spencer's new phrase "survival of the fittest" as a synonym for natural selection in the fifth edition of On the Origin of Species, published in 1869. Darwin meant it as a metaphor for "better adapted for immediate, local environment", not the common inference of "in the best physical shape". Hence, it is not a scientific description. The phrase "survival of the fittest" is not generally used by modern biologists as the term does not accurately convey the meaning of natural selection, the term biologists use and prefer. Natural selection refers to differential reproduction as a function of traits that have a genetic basis. "Survival of the fittest" is inaccurate for two important reasons. First, survival is merely a normal prerequisite to reproduction. Second, fitness has specialized meaning in biology different from how the word is used in popular culture. In population genetics, fitness refers to differential reproduction. "Fitness" does not refer to whether an individual is "physically fit" – bigger, faster or stronger – or "better" in any subjective sense. It refers to a difference in reproductive rate from one generation to the next.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of survival of the fittest in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of survival of the fittest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of survival of the fittest in a Sentence

  1. Ramon Adviento:

    I don't think it means the death of the industry, but what we expect to see is the survival of the fittest.

  2. Grace Paley:

    All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad, or peculiar.

  3. Shu Zhang:

    It's survival of the fittest, (Haier) must transform from a traditional manufacturing enterprise into an Internet business.

  4. Michele Gesualdi:

    This is really the survival of the fittest environment, this year, European funds might surprise people in terms of generating returns.

  5. Andrew Carnegie:

    And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.

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  • Überleben der BestangepasstenGerman
  • بقای اصلحPersian
  • luonnonvalinta, taistelu olemassaolostaFinnish
  • survie du plus apteFrench
  • Seasamh na dTréanIrish
  • योग्यतम की उत्तरजीविताHindi
  • 適者生存Japanese
  • ತೀಕ್ಷ್ಣವಾದ ಬದುಕುಳಿಯುವಿಕೆKannada
  • den sterkeste overleverNorwegian
  • выживание сильнейшихRussian

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