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survival instinct (səˈvaɪvəl ˈɪnstɪŋkt) 

Definitions

noun

  1. the instinct in humans and animals to do things in a dangerous situation that will prevent them from dying   ⇒ The survival instinct had driven her to eat.

Example Sentences Including 'survival instinct'

Aggression expresses itself in the survival instinct , the unconscious force which urges one to struggle and to survive against all odds.
Crowley, Vivianne Phoenix From the Flame
Even so, the survival instinct seemed reluctant, the adrenalin he would require dribbling like saliva.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
He describes Paul as a man" worn down by experience, who has problems communicating", but with a streetwise survival instinct.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Like Ron, Gord found his survival instinct made him endlessly creative.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
Nicol clings to his survival instinct : Norman Fox talks to the Anfield old boy about football's flipside
Independent (1998)
Perhaps it was his fabled survival instinct that made him decide to step down.
India Today (1996)
TS: I suppose it is a human survival instinct to try not to imagine the worst until you are faced with it.
Irish Times (2002)
The survival instinct had driven her to eat, risking poison.
Curzon, Clare The Quest for K
With a bump and a bruise, my glands began producing more than rancid sweat and my veins coursed with the survival instinct.
James Birrell THE MANANA MAN (2002)

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