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 for survival
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. (Arhaeol. & Ethnol.) Any habit, usage, or belief,
        remaining from ancient times, the origin of which is often
        unknown, or imperfectly known.
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              The close bearing of the doctrine of survival on the
              study of manners and customs.         --Tylor.
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     Survival of the fittest. (Biol.) See Natural selection,
        under Natural.
        [1913 Webster] Survivance

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  survival
      n 1: a state of surviving; remaining alive [syn: survival,
           endurance]
      2: a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms
         best adapted to the environment [syn: survival, survival
         of the fittest, natural selection, selection]
      3: something that survives

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  91 Moby Thesaurus words for "survival":
     abidingness, afterglow, afterimage, age, ancient manuscript,
     antique, antiquity, archaism, artifact, balance, butt, butt end,
     candle ends, cave painting, chaff, constancy, continuance, debris,
     defeat of time, defiance of time, detritus, diuturnity, durability,
     durableness, duration, end, endurance, eolith, fag end, filings,
     fossil, holdover, husks, lastingness, leavings, leftovers,
     long standing, long-lastingness, long-livedness, longevity,
     maintenance, mezzolith, microlith, neolith, odds and ends,
     offscourings, orts, paleolith, parings, perdurability, perennation,
     permanence, perpetuity, persistence, petrification,
     petrified forest, petrified wood, petroglyph, plateaulith, rags,
     refuse, relic, relics, reliquiae, remainder, remains, remnant,
     residue, residuum, rest, roach, rubbish, ruin, ruins, rump,
     sawdust, scourings, scraps, shadow, shavings, stability, standing,
     steadfastness, straw, stubble, stump, survivance, sweepings, trace,
     vestige, waste
  
  

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