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Pronunciation: driv


  1. In psychoanalysis, a basic compelling urge.
  2. In psychology, classified as either innate (hunger) or learned (hoarding) and appetitive (hunger, thirst, sex) or aversive (fear, pain, grief).

See Also: motive, motivation

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