- An enduring disposition or tendency of an organism to act in an organized and biologically adaptive manner characteristic of its species.
- The unreasoning impulse to perform some purposeful action without an immediate consciousness of the end to which that action may lead.
- In psychoanalytic theory, the forces or drives assumed to exist behind the tension caused by the needs of the id.
[L. instinctus, impulse]
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