: prompted by natural instinct or propensity : arising spontaneously <an instinctive fear of innovation — V. L. Parrington>
— in·stinc·tive·ly adverb
Examples of INSTINCTIVE
- Cats have an instinctive desire to hunt.
- <the instinctive reaction of a mother is to protect her children>
First Known Use of INSTINCTIVE
in·stinc·tive adjective \in-ˈstiŋ(k)-tiv\ (Medical Dictionary)
: of, relating to, or being instinct
: derived from or prompted by instinct <an instinctive fear>
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