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survival instinct (səˈvaɪvəl ˈɪnstɪŋkt) 



  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'

The survival instinct had driven her to eat, risking poison.
Curzon, Clare The Quest for K
Even so, the survival instinct seemed reluctant, the adrenalin he would require dribbling like saliva.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
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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