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instinct

 [in´stinkt]
a complex of unlearned responses characteristic of a species. adj., adj instinc´tive.
death instinct Freud's concept of an unconscious drive toward dissolution and death, in opposition to the life instinct.
herd instinct the instinct or urge to be one of a group and to conform to its standards of conduct and opinion.
life instinct Freud's concept of all the constructive tendencies of the organism aimed at maintenance and perpetuation of the individual and species, in opposition to the death instinct.

death in·stinct

an instinct of living creatures toward self-destruction, death, or a return to the inorganic lifelessness from which they arose.
Synonym(s): aggressive instinct

death instinct

n.
A primitive impulse for destruction, decay, and death, postulated by Sigmund Freud as coexisting with and opposing the life instinct. Also called Thanatos.

death instinct

instinctive behavior that tends to be self-destructive.

death in·stinct

(deth in'stingkt)
The instinct of all living creatures toward self-destruction, death, or a return to the inorganic lifelessness from which they arose.
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Ian Westwood and Nick Knight were quickly dismissed by Harris but Bell and Trott's aggressive instincts provided a partnership of 148, before Trott was leg before to Franks 16 runs short of his third Championship hundred of the season with two overs left of play.
He is not the first, and will by no means be the last, player whose aggressive instincts fly close to the wind, but suspension - and even self-induced injury - may follow unless he grows up quickly.
He is not the first, and will by no means be the last, player whose aggressive instincts fly close to the wind, but suspension ( and even self-induced injury ( may follow unless he grows up quickly.
A wisecracking, goateed student from West Hollywood, Finizza didn't look nearly as disheveled as his project: a glowering, beer-gutted boxer doll named Big Bad Bruce, ideal for young boys looking to transfer some of their aggressive instincts.
Most husbands said they needed sex to reduce tension and to combat their aggressive instincts.
The truth is young children have very aggressive instincts without the control mechanisms to govern them, even when a victim becomes upset.
Once Lara was out, and spurred on by Smith's naturally aggressive instincts, Sarwan also became more adventurous and West Indies scored 53 runs off only four overs having entered the final ten needing a daunting 87 for victory.
While England were concerned about the fitness of yet another seam bowler, Sehwag raced into a more attacking mode and with captain Ganguly at the other end to try and calm his more aggressive instincts when he played and missed, he raced to his second 50 off only 58 balls including 17 boundaries.
In what may have been the most restrained, most focused and most quietly dramatic performance of his historic six-game match against the IBM super computer, Deep Blue, Kasparov, 32, overcame his aggressive instincts to win in the fifth game Friday.
He is also not so fluent against spin at the start of his innings, but he was prepared to trust his natural aggressive instincts and played some glorious strokes on his way to 50 off only 61 balls.
Forced to rein in their more aggressive instincts after the disgraceful events of last year, the visitors tried to match Ireland in ball skills early on.
A fabulous forehand deep into the corner earned the chance to break the Canas serve in the 11th game but, despite keeping true to his aggressive instincts, he could not convert the break point which would have allowed him to serve for the match.

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