Definition of instinctive
- an instinctive fear of innovation
- —V. L. Parrington
Cats have an instinctive desire to hunt.
the instinctive reaction of a mother is to protect her children
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ad-lib, extemporaneous, extempore, impromptu, improvised, offhand, offhanded, off-the-cuff, snap, spur-of-the-moment, unconsidered, unplanned, unpremeditated, unprepared, unprompted, unreasoned, unrehearsed, unstudied;
: relating to or based on instinct : based on feelings or desires that do not come from thinking or learning
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