Meaning of self-preserving in English:

self-preserving

adjective

  • Characterized by, motivated by, or having an instinct for self-preservation; designating such an instinct.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Brief Apologie Pious & Painfull Ministers. From self- + preserving, after self-preservation.

Pronunciation

self-preserving

/ˌsɛlfprɪˈzəːvɪŋ/