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life instinct

n
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal the instinct for reproduction and self-preservation

death′ in`stinct


n.
1. Psychoanal. an impulse to withdraw or destroy, working in opposition to forces urging survival and creation (life instinct).
2. suicidal tendency or inclination.
[1915–20]
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Two instincts are at battle in the human being: the life instinct and the death instinct.
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