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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Ethology, Psychology) The learning of a behavioral pattern that occurs soon after birth or hatching in certain animals, in which a long-lasting response to an individual (such as a parent) or an object is rapidly acquired; it is particularly noted in the response of certain birds to the animal they first see after hatching, usually the parent, as in ducks who will follow the adult duck they first see.

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  • noun psychology, ethology Any kind of phase-sensitive learning (learning occurring at a particular age or a particular life stage) that is rapid and apparently independent of the consequences of behavior.
  • verb Present participle of imprint.

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  • noun a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established

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Examples

  • I think the whole ick factor with the imprinting is that although nothing is going on now, Jacob is still thinking long term and looking at Reneesme as his future wife.

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  • Our culture, its social imprinting, is so strong as to be almost indelible.

    Sonny Brewer - An interview with author

  • Speaking of Neons, Chrysler has succeeding in imprinting that "Born to be Alive" song into my brain, but why are they pretending the "Dodge SX 2.0" is something other than a Neon with a different grille?

    Daimnation!: I want one of these

  • About a third is the labor and the fulfillment we call imprinting here and the overhead, and then about a third is the delivery of a piece of it.

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  • They suspected that the explanation may lie partly in a phenomenon called "imprinting" - differing activity of genes due to chemical modifications depending on whether they are inherited from the mother or the father.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • They suspected that the explanation may lie partly in a phenomenon called "imprinting" - differing activity of genes due to chemical modifications depending on whether they are inherited from the mother or the father.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • They suspected that the explanation may lie partly in a phenomenon called "imprinting" - differing activity of genes due to chemical modifications depending on whether they are inherited from the mother or the father.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • Clive and Elsa are massively proud of the new male and female they have in their tank, whom they are now encouraging to perform a mating ritual-dance known as imprinting and whom they whimsically name Fred and Ginger.

    Splice

  • Taj, now, he might call it imprinting, that something.

    Ancient, Strange, and Lovely

  • "Imprinting IS sexual no matter what aka imprinting is sexist and pedophilic"

    seanan_mcguire: Thoughts on Writing #28: For the Critics.

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