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instinctive

adjective

Synonym Discussion of instinctive

spontaneous, impulsive, instinctive, automatic, mechanical mean acting or activated without deliberation. spontaneous implies lack of prompting and connotes naturalness.
    • a spontaneous burst of applause
impulsive implies acting under stress of emotion or spirit of the moment.
    • impulsive acts of violence
instinctive stresses action involving neither judgment nor will.
    • blinking is an instinctive reaction
automatic implies action engaging neither the mind nor the emotions and connotes a predictable response.
    • his denial was automatic
mechanical stresses the lifeless, often perfunctory character of the response.
    • a mechanical teaching method


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