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 in a Sentence
Cats have an instinctive desire to hunt.
the instinctive reaction of a mother is to protect her children
Recent Examples of instinctive from the Web
Or my instinctive assumption that a biologically male person who gets breast implants identifies more as female than male?
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INSTINCTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of instinctive for English Language Learners
: relating to or based on instinct : based on feelings or desires that do not come from thinking or learning
INSTINCTIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of instinctive for Students
: of or relating to instinct : resulting from instinct instinctive behavior
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