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instinctive

adjective in·stinc·tive \in-ˈstiŋ(k)-tiv\

: relating to or based on instinct : based on feelings or desires that do not come from thinking or learning

Full Definition of INSTINCTIVE

1
:  of, relating to, or being instinct
2
:  prompted by natural instinct or propensity :  arising spontaneously <an instinctive fear of innovation — V. L. Parrington>
in·stinc·tive·ly adverb

Examples of INSTINCTIVE

  1. Cats have an instinctive desire to hunt.
  2. <the instinctive reaction of a mother is to protect her children>

First Known Use of INSTINCTIVE

15th century

Synonym Discussion of INSTINCTIVE

spontaneous, impulsive, instinctive, automatic, mechanical mean acting or activated without deliberation. spontaneous implies lack of prompting and connotes naturalness <a spontaneous burst of applause>. impulsive implies acting under stress of emotion or spirit of the moment <impulsive acts of violence>. instinctive stresses action involving neither judgment nor will <blinking is an instinctive reaction>. automatic implies action engaging neither the mind nor the emotions and connotes a predictable response <his denial was automatic>. mechanical stresses the lifeless, often perfunctory character of the response <a mechanical teaching method>.
INSTINCTIVE Defined for Kids

instinctive

adjective in·stinc·tive \in-ˈstiŋk-tiv\

Definition of INSTINCTIVE for Kids

:  of or relating to instinct :  resulting from instinct <instinctive behavior>
in·stinc·tive·ly adverb
Medical Dictionary

instinctive

adjective in·stinc·tive \in-ˈstiŋ(k)-tiv\

Medical Definition of INSTINCTIVE

1
:  of, relating to, or being instinct
2
:  derived from or prompted by instinct <an instinctive fear>
in·stinc·tive·ly adverb

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