the state of continuing to live or exist
Illegal hunting is threatening the survival of the species.
The doctors gave him a one-in-ten chance of survival.
A lot of small companies are having to fight for survival (=work hard in order to continue to exist).
a situation in which only the strongest and most successful people or things continue to exist
3 especially British English
something that has continued to exist from a much earlier period, especially when similar things have disappeared [= relic]:
The cult is a survival from the old Zoroastrian religion.