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

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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, "The Top 10 Collections of London Fashion Week," 21 Feb. 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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pleasure principle

noun
\ˈple-zhər-ˌ \

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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