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instinctive

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

Simple Definition of instinctive

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of instinctive

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being instinct

  2. 2 :  prompted by natural instinct or propensity :  arising spontaneously <an instinctive fear of innovation — V. L. Parrington>

instinctively

adverb

Examples of instinctive in a sentence

  1. Cats have an instinctive desire to hunt.

  2. <the instinctive reaction of a mother is to protect her children>



15th Century

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

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

Definition of instinctive for Students

  1. :  of or relating to instinct :  resulting from instinct <instinctive behavior>

instinctively

adverb



Medical Dictionary

instinctive

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

Medical Definition of instinctive

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or being instinct

  2. 2:  derived from or prompted by instinct <an instinctive fear>

instinctively

adverb




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