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racial memory

noun, Psychology
1.
feelings, patterns of thought, and fragments of experience that have been transmitted from generation to generation in all humans and have deeply influenced the mind and behavior.
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  • By some quirk of atavism, a certain portion of that early self's language had come down to him as a racial memory.

  • A racial memory, inset against the forest scenery, flashed suddenly through the depths laid bare.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • There is a racial memory by which the past is continually accumulated and preserved.

  • No racial memory could have taught them; there were no tin cans a million years, not even a hundred years, ago.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • Humanity had survived other plagues nearly as terrible as this—and racial memory is long.

    Pandemic Jesse Franklin Bone
  • The inheritance of ancestral characteristics, according to this view, may be described as racial memory.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
  • In a large sense civilization itself is a kind of racial memory.

    A Man's Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis

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