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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'

Even so, the survival instinct seemed reluctant, the adrenalin he would require dribbling like saliva.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
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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