pleasure principle

noun

Definition of pleasure principle

: a tendency for individual behavior to be directed toward immediate satisfaction of instinctual drives and immediate relief from pain or discomfort

Examples of pleasure principle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The drivers—twinky teen-agers with thick accents and hard bodies—take us with them beyond the pleasure principle. The New Yorker, 22 Apr. 2020 At the other: Christopher Kane progressing his personal obsession with the pleasure principle of human sexuality, making clothes which haven’t been seen before. Sarah Mower, Vogue, 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pleasure principle

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pleasure principle was in 1856

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“Pleasure principle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleasure%20principle. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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pleasure principle

noun
\ ˈple-zhər-ˌ How to pronounce pleasure principle (audio) \

Medical Definition of pleasure principle

: a tendency for individual behavior to be directed toward immediate satisfaction of instinctual drives and immediate relief from pain or discomfort — compare reality principle

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