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Survival can refer to the process of staying alive, not dying, continuing to exist despite serious threats to existence. The word comes from the French sur (on) vivre (life).

International relations

Survival is the journal of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. [1]

Evolutionary context

Business ethics

It can be argued that the fiduciary obligation of corporate directors is for the corporation to survive, regardless of ethical duty. [2]

Military and emergency

The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff define it within the context of survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE): "Actions performed by isolated personnel designed to ensure their health, mobility, safety, and honor in anticipation of or preparation for their return to friendly control." Techniques for the "S" component cover a wide range of environments. [3]


  1. Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  2. Finlay, J. Richard (22 September 1990), "Survival ethics.", Business Quarterly
  3. FM 3-05.70. Survival, U.S. Army, May 2002