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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In psychology, one of the group of human instincts which subserve the life and development of the individual as a conscious being. It covers the need of physical exercise, the taste for a life of adventure, the passion for gambling, esthetic activities, etc.

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  • So strong was the play-instinct in him, as well as was his constitution strong, that he continually outplayed Scraps to abject weariness, so that he could only lie on the deck and pant and laugh through air-draughty lips and dab futilely in the air with weak forepaws at Michael's continued ferocious-acted onslaughts.

    CHAPTER XI

  • Moreover, by means of the organised activities of the school, and by utilising the play-instinct of the child, it seeks to form and establish certain habits of future social worth to the community and to the individual.

    The Children: Some Educational Problems

  • So strong was the play-instinct in him, as well as was his constitution strong, that he continually outplayed Scraps to abject weariness, so that he could only lie on the deck and pant and laugh through air-draughty lips and dab futilely in the air with weak forepaws at Michael's continued ferocious-acted onslaughts.

    Chapter 11

  • Ibsen go on darkening the play-instinct in us, like some ugly, domineering John Knox?

    Visions and Revisions A Book of Literary Devotions

  • When the chariot is out of sight, envy will be superseded by the play-instinct.

    Yet Again

  • The actually present beauty is worthy of the really, of the actually, present play-impulse; but by the ideal of beauty, which is set up by the reason, an ideal of the play-instinct is also presented, which man ought to have before his eyes in all his plays.

    >Letters upon the Aesthetic Education of Man. Letter XV.

  • Yet her effort is not forced, her work not done from necessity; it is normal and a development of the play-instinct of the young creature.

    Old Indian Days

  • I am persuaded that the Polynesians, from Hawaii to Tahiti, are dying because of the suppression of the play-instinct, an instinct that had its expression in most of their customs and occupations.

    White Shadows in the South Seas

  • I am glad to find myself on this point in agreement with Professor Groos, who, in his elaborate study of the play-instinct, has reached the same conclusion.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 The Evolution of Modesty; The Phenomena of Sexual Periodicity; Auto-Erotism

  • Yet her effort is not forced, her work not done from necessity; it is normal and a development of the play-instinct of the young creature.

    Old Indian Days

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