Definition of self-preservation in English:

self-preservation

noun

mass noun
  • The protection of oneself from harm or death, especially regarded as a basic instinct in human beings and animals.

    ‘a sense of self-preservation cautioned her not to stick around’
    • ‘Chaos theory conveniently dovetails with this instinct of military self-preservation.’
    • ‘The ship is sinking and nobody with a sense of self-preservation wants to stick around this mess anyway.’
    • ‘What impels you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs?’
    • ‘Forest companies are naturally inclined to look after the state of their forests as a natural instinct to self-preservation.’
    • ‘There's a sense of shame and self-preservation that you develop that lasts a long time.’
    • ‘I doubt whether the Scots, going it alone, would have developed the same ruthless instinct for self-preservation.’
    • ‘Did I think that self-preservation, as a basic drive, would take precedence over everything else?’
    • ‘It has deprived them of their instinct for political self-preservation.’
    • ‘I wasn't ready to chuck everything that I believed back in his face because of my sense of self-preservation.’
    • ‘All normal human emotions atrophy except one, the instinct for self-preservation and, allied to it, the itch to tyrannise.’
    • ‘At what point do we let our sense of self-preservation take over?’
    • ‘Ending a corporation's right to exist if it is destructive to human beings sounds like self-preservation to me.’
    • ‘The best protection will be his own sense of self-preservation.’
    • ‘His instinct for self-preservation is too high, and it makes him afraid to endanger himself, even for a good cause.’
    • ‘Their fatalism is tempered only by the drivers' acknowledgement that the need for speed is stronger than the instinct for self-preservation.’
    • ‘Her instinct for self-preservation, however illogical it might be, remained strong.’
    • ‘In its best sense it expresses an animal instinct of self-preservation.’
    • ‘There are two activities common to human beings and animals - self-preservation and perpetuation of the species.’
    • ‘While people in the same occupation often protect their own, self-preservation is a strong instinct in everyone.’
    • ‘Even in the age of reality TV you might expect a greater sense of self-preservation.’

Pronunciation

self-preservation

/ˌsɛlfprɛzəˈveɪʃ(ə)n/