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instinct

noun

Synonyms of instinct

a usually innate ability or desire to perform a specific activity
  • Pouncing on mice is a cat's natural instinct.
  • We needed all of our survival instincts to make it through the weeks lost at sea.

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The first known use of instinct was in the 15th century

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“Instinct.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/instinct. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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