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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 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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Molina smiled when he heard Khan tell how new trainer Virgil Hunter had curbed his aggressive instincts and made him more of a thinking boxer.
With the title on the line, and within sight, it means Hamilton has to temper his naturally aggressive instincts with a slightly more defensive attitude at times.
Mauresmo did it the hard way, fighting back from a set down, holding her nerve, staying true to her aggressive instincts.
United midfielder Darren Fletcher can also see the positive aspects of Rooney's aggressive instincts.
Once Lara was out and spurred on by Smith's naturally aggressive instincts, Sarwan also became more adventurous and West Indies hit 53 runs off only four overs.
The belligerent Dane, who once captivated TV watcher Mike Tyson with his aggressive instincts, decided to make Everton's 200th home Premiership game the vehicle for his own tour de force.
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.
Having amassed five red cards already in his short career, the Leeds-born player has tried to remodel his game, taking out the rough stuff while retaining the aggressive instincts that make him such a handful to subdue.
Most husbands said they needed sex to reduce tension and to combat their aggressive instincts.
The hardman is trying to calm down, even though he admits he finds it hard to curb his aggressive instincts.

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