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instinctive

[in-stingk-tiv] /ɪnˈstɪŋk tɪv/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of instinct.
2.
prompted by or resulting from or as if from instinct; natural; unlearned:
an instinctive will to survive.
Also, instinctual
[in-stingk-choo-uh l] /ɪnˈstɪŋk tʃu əl/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; instinct1 + -ive
Related forms
instinctively, instinctually, adverb
half-instinctive, adjective
half-instinctively, adverb
noninstinctive, adjective
noninstinctively, adverb
noninstinctual, adjective
noninstinctually, adverb
semi-instinctive, adjective
semi-instinctively, adverb
uninstinctive, adjective
uninstinctively, adverb
uninstinctiveness, noun
Synonyms
2. spontaneous, intuitive, unpremeditated.
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Examples from the web for instinctive
  • It has also little control over its body, and all its movements are automatic or instinctive.
  • instinctive behavior is an unlearned, inborn tendency to behave in a way characteristic of a species, ie migration.
  • The instinctive reaction is to put in a coin and wait for the head and arms to start moving.
  • They then conducted a series of experiments on instinctive and learned fear.
  • For the serious photographer, f-stops and shutter speeds were definitely not instinctive.
  • These are conscious actions and decisions made to improve our behavior and decision making which then appears to be instinctive.
  • The rumor emanating from there reflected the instinctive dread aroused by such monstrous innovation.
  • Back then it was pretty astounding to have something feel so instinctive.
  • People's instinctive reaction was to start hoarding.
  • My point is that based on what the dog is and was created for, these are instinctive traits.
British Dictionary definitions for instinctive

instinctive

/ɪnˈstɪŋktɪv/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resulting from instinct
2.
conditioned so as to appear innate: an instinctive movement in driving
Derived Forms
instinctively, instinctually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for instinctive
adj.

1610s (implied in instinctively), from Latin instinct-, past participle stem of instinguere (see instinct) + -ive. Related: Instinctiveness.

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