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適者生存 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for "survival of the fittest".
This Japanese and Chinese proverb literally means, "The weak are meat; the strong eat" or "The weak are prey to the strong".
The closest English version is, "Survival of the fittest". It also fits with the ideas of, "predatory behavior", or "The law of the jungle".
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Survival of the Fittest||適者生存|
|teki sha sei zon|
|shì zhě shēng cún|
shi4 zhe3 sheng1 cun2
shi zhe sheng cun
|shih che sheng ts`un
shih che sheng tsun
|The Weak are Meat, The Strong Eat.||弱肉強食||jaku niku kyoo shoku|
jaku niku kyo shoku
|ruò ròu qiáng shí|
ruo4 rou4 qiang2 shi2
ruo rou qiang shi
|jo jou ch`iang shih
jo jou chiang shih
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| ruò ròu qiáng shí / ruo4 rou4 qiang2 shi2
jo jou ch`iang shih / jo jou chiang shih
jakunikukyoushoku / jakunikukyoshoku / じゃくにくきょうしょく
lit. the weak are prey to the strong (idiom); fig. predatory behavior; the law of the jungle
(yoji) survival of the fittest; the law of the jungle; the weak are meat the strong do eat
| shì zhě shēng cún / shi4 zhe3 sheng1 cun2
shih che sheng ts`un / shih che sheng tsun
tekishaseizon / tekishasezon / てきしゃせいぞん
survival of the fittest
(yoji) survival of the fittest
| yōu shèng liè bài / you1 sheng4 lie4 bai4
yu sheng lieh pai
yuushoureppai / yushoreppai / ゆうしょうれっぱい
see 優勝劣汰|优胜劣汰[you1 sheng4 lie4 tai4]
(yoji) survival of the fittest
| yōu shèng liè tài / you1 sheng4 lie4 tai4
yu sheng lieh t`ai / yu sheng lieh tai
survival of the fittest (idiom)
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