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instinctive

[in-stingk-tiv] /ɪnˈstɪŋk tɪv/
adjective
1.
of, relating 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 of instinctive
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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  • She was a negress and he knew it, and yet the act was instinctive and irresistible.

    The Sins of the Father Thomas Dixon
  • He turned a little way from her, as if in instinctive repugnance.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Somewhere out in the audience of the world there must be those who are in instinctive sympathy with me.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
  • But with the dog and the rose this instinctive principle is reversed.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • Razumov made an instinctive movement to help, which startled her so much that she nearly dropped her hissing burden.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
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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