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instinctive

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

instinctive

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

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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