AskDefine | Define imprinting

Dictionary Definition

imprinting n : a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. In the context of "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.

Derived terms


  1. present participle of imprint

Extensive Definition

Imprinting may mean:
imprinting in German: Imprinting
imprinting in Italian: Imprinting
imprinting in Polish: Imprinting
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