A person that believes in self reliance. A "survivalist" does not wish to depend on other people, or the government to take care of them or their family. Many survivalist have gardens so they depend less on grocery stores. In times of civil unrest, such as riots, must survivalist are prepared to defend their homes and families instead of depending on the police. A survivalist is someone who will take care of theirselves and their families instead of asking for help. Survivalist are often associated with the "whacko" types and usually thought to be a little "off" in the head - this is far from the truth. Anyone who prepares for hard times, natural disasters, or periods of civil unrest is a "survivalist."
John is true survivalist, he lost his job last week and already found another one.
Jim was lost in the woods for three days and found his own way out - he is a real survivalist.
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