survival of the fittest

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n survival of the fittest a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Survival of the fittest (Biol) See Natural selection, under Natural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Survival of the fittest the preservation of favourable variations, attended with the destruction of injurious ones, such being the result of Natural Selection (see Natural)
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Quotations

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

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. super, beyond, vivĕre, to live.

Usage

In literature:

In the old mining days out West the law of the survival of the fittest held good, and he who survived had to be very fit indeed.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
Isn't that what we generally get from the survival of the fittest?
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
Ours is a world in which the law of the survival of the fittest not only works, but works very rapidly.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
SPENCER, Herbert, on the "survival of the fittest," i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
How does the process of Selection make for the survival of the fittest?
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
Guess it will be a case of the survival of the fittest of the engines when they meet!
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
Ireland everywhere illustrates the principle of the survival of the fittest.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Dalis' manner of forcing the survival of the fittest!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
Let us hope it is by the survival of the fittest.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
They call it the survival of the fittest, but it's really the survival of the fightingest.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
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In news:

Check Wikipedia - who thought "survival of the fittest" and everybody for themselves was the way to run a society.
Social Darwinism encapsulated the idea of survival of the fittest (a phrase Charles Darwin never actually used) as applied to societies as a whole.
It's a "survival of the fittest"-type multiplayer competition.
Survival of the Fittest in the New Music Industry.
Scott Herman's Tapatas Survival Of The Fittest .
Survival of the Fittest .
Survival of the Fittest Business.
Survival of the Fittest Human Resource Executive Online.
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST March 2002 Editor's Note: A few of today's agribusiness/e-commerce companies were selected from the annual Marketing Services Guide to address the changing strategies of marketing on the Web.
It's Survival of the Fittest .
Olympic will be survival of the fittest .
It's always been survival of the fittest drink your milk.
The Evolution of Inbound Logistics--Inbound's Early Adopters: Survival of the Fittest .
Owen Carey Survival of the fittest: Michael O'Connell, Bruce Burkhartsmeier and Tim True tussle over truth and beauty in Third Rail Rep's production of Enda Walsh's "Penelope".
We agree with that and we speculate that it will be a survival of the fittest story, with the Goliaths gobbling up the Davids.
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