Definitions for libidolɪˈbi doʊ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Psychoanal. all of the instinctual energies and desires that are derived from the id.
sexual instinct or drive.
Origin of libido:
1890–95; < L libīdō desire, lust, akin to libēre to be pleasing
(psychoanalysis) a Freudian term for sexual urge or desire
Sexual urges or drives.
Good God man, control your libido!
Drives or mental energies related or based on sexual instincts but not necessarily sexual in and of themselves.
Origin: From libido. Used originally in psychoanalytic contexts.
Libido, and colloquially sex drive, is a person's overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity. Sex drive is determined by biological, psychological, and social factors. Biologically, levels of hormones such as testosterone are believed to affect sex drive; social factors, such as work and family, also have an impact; as do internal psychological factors, like personality and stress. Sex drive may be affected by medical conditions, medications, lifestyle and relationship issues. A person who has extremely frequent or a suddenly increased sex drive may be experiencing hypersexuality, or puberty in which the body builds up chemicals and causes a higher sex drive. However, there is no universally agreed measure of what is a healthy level for sex. Asexual people may lack any sexual desires. A person may have a desire for sex, but not have the opportunity to act on that desire, or may on personal, moral or religious reasons refrain from acting on the urge. Psychologically, a person's urge can be repressed or sublimated. On the other hand, a person can engage in sexual activity without an actual desire for it. Males reach the peak of their sex drive in their teens, while females reach it in their thirties. Multiple factors affect human sex drive, including stress, illness, pregnancy, and others.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The psychic drive or energy associated with sexual instinct in the broad sense (pleasure and love-object seeking). It may also connote the psychic energy associated with instincts in general that motivate behavior.
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