the struggle for existence


the struggle for existence
the struggle for existence (or life)
the competition between organisms, esp. as an element in natural selection, or between people seeking a livelihood

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  • struggle for existence — the automatic competition of the members of a natural population for a limited supply of vital necessities resulting in elimination of inadequately adapted individuals and hence in selection of the better adapted as breeding stock compare natural …   Useful english dictionary

  • struggle for existence — the competition in nature among organisms of a population to maintain themselves in a given environment and to survive to reproduce others of their kind. [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • struggle for existence — Date: 1832 the automatic competition of members of a natural population for limited vital resources (as food, space, or light) that results in natural selection …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • struggle for existence — strug′gle for exist′ence n. bio the competition in nature among organisms of a population to maintain themselves in a given environment and to survive to reproduce others of their kind • Etymology: 1832 …   From formal English to slang

  • struggle for life — struggle for existence or struggle for life, Biology. the competition between living animals or plants for survival; natural selection. Often, the circumstances helping one form survive cause another to die out …   Useful english dictionary

  • struggle for national existence —    the extermination of Jews, gypsies, and Slavs    For some Nazis the fight against the Anglo Americans and the Russians had a lower linguistic priority:     ... a struggle for national existence meant racial warfare. (Keneally, 1982 for the SS) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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  • existence — noun 1 state of existing ADJECTIVE ▪ actual, real ▪ El Cid s actual existence is not in doubt. ▪ Since her illness, other people had no real existence for her. ▪ possible …   Collocations dictionary

  • struggle — v. & n. v.intr. 1 make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction. 2 (often foll. by for, or to + infin.) make violent or determined efforts under difficulties; strive hard (struggled for supremacy; struggled to get the… …   Useful english dictionary


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