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
Skeptics, however, have questioned whether this is true planning or simply instinctive food-caching.
Sumpter described Hickbottom as an instinctive middle linebacker.
That and the sight of shoulders slumping on the mound and that instinctive pause in the batter's box as the hitter admired his work.
Like Trump, Bolling is an instinctive critic of American exceptionalism.
Tomlinson remembers his instinctive assumption being simple.
With his mind consumed by impending death, some instinctive part of Aldridge stayed focused on life.
For 3 hours, Britain’s instinctive cynicism about overt displays of emotion was suspended, and even professional trolls like Piers Morgan, who had criticized Grande for flying home after the attack, were compelled to back down.
This, of course, is further proof that James Comey is quite the instinctive bureaucratic gut-fighter.
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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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