survival instinct

noun

: ability to know what to do to stay alive
an animal's survival instinct

Examples of survival instinct in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s something about street cats and bodega cats and the survival instinct side of the city. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 June 2024 Human recklessness is mitigated by survival instinct, among other things, but that instinct might not come into play when autonomous systems are deployed without a human operator on board. Lauren Kahn, Foreign Affairs, 6 June 2023 So, even though it's been miserably cold the past week, most animals out in the wild have been preparing for months and have more than enough resources and survival instinct to carry them through freezing temperatures. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 19 Jan. 2024 Fear is the right response to danger—the emotional presentation of our survival instinct. Lydia Millet, TIME, 2 Apr. 2024 While today’s household cats have evolved socially to coexist with humans and other animals, much of their behavior remains motivated by survival instinct, and encroachment on their space may spark conflict. Colleen Grablick, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2024 So, even though it's been a miserably cold week, most animals out in the wild have been preparing for months and have more than enough resources and survival instinct to carry them through freezing temperatures. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 19 Jan. 2024 Leading its scraggly, malnourished crew is John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis from Persuasion), an English pilot with an irrepressible survival instinct. TIME, 7 Feb. 2024 Their survival instinct also serves to combat drought. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023

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“Survival instinct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/survival%20instinct. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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