knee–jerk

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adjective \ˈnē-ˌjərk, -ˈjərk\

Definition of knee–jerk

  1. :  readily predictable :  automatic knee–jerk reactions; also, disapproving :  reacting in a readily predictable way The man was such a bleeding-heart knee-jerk liberal that you could predict the rest of the column after reading the first sentence. — Andrew M. Greeley


KNEE–JERK Defined for English Language Learners

knee–jerk

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adjective \ˈnē-ˌjərk, -ˈjərk\

Definition of knee–jerk for English Language Learners

  • : occurring quickly and without thought

  • : often reacting quickly and without thought

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