survival instinct

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of survival instinct

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

Word by Word Definitions

survival play
  1. : the act or fact of living or continuing longer than another person or thing

  2. : the continuation of life or existence

  3. : one that survives

instinct play
  1. : a natural or inherent aptitude, impulse, or capacity

  2. : a largely inheritable and unalterable tendency of an organism to make a complex and specific response to environmental stimuli without involving reason

  3. : behavior that is mediated by reactions below the conscious level

  1. : impelled by an inner or animating or exciting agency

  2. : profoundly imbued : infused


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