law of the jungle

law of the jun·gle
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [law uhv, ov stressed th ee juhng-guh l]
    • /lɔ ʌv, ɒv stressed ði ˈdʒʌŋ gəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [law uhv, ov stressed th ee juhng-guh l]
    • /lɔ ʌv, ɒv stressed ði ˈdʒʌŋ gəl/

Definitions of law of the jungle words

  • noun law of the jungle a system or mode of action in which the strongest survive, presumably as animals in nature or as human beings whose activity is not regulated by the laws or ethics of civilization. 1
  • noun law of the jungle survival of the strongest 1
  • phrase law of the jungle If you refer to the law of the jungle, you are referring to a situation in which there are no laws or rules to govern the way that people behave and people use force to get what they want. 0
  • noun law of the jungle a state of ruthless competition or self-interest 0
  • noun law of the jungle (Idiomatic) The survival of the fittest, strongest or most cunning. 0

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Origin of law of the jungle

First appearance:

before 1890
One of the 20% newest English words
First recorded in 1890-95

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Parts of speech for Law of the jungle


law of the jungle popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 27% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for law of the jungle

noun law of the jungle

  • adaptation — An adaptation of a book or play is a film or a television programme that is based on it.
  • social darwinism — a 19th-century theory, inspired by Darwinism, by which the social order is accounted as the product of natural selection of those persons best suited to existing living conditions and in accord with which a position of laissez-faire is advocated.
  • survival of the fittest — (not in technical use) natural selection.
  • darwinism — the theory of the origin of animal and plant species by evolution through a process of natural selection
  • artificial selection — a process in the breeding of animals and in the cultivation of plants by which the breeder chooses to perpetuate only those forms having certain desirable inheritable characteristics.

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