Simple Definition of instinctive
: 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>
Examples of instinctive
Cats have an instinctive desire to hunt.
<the instinctive reaction of a mother is to protect her children>
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Medical Definition of instinctive
1: of, relating to, or being instinct
2: derived from or prompted by instinct <an instinctive fear>
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