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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 for instinctively
  • Most persons who have known and liked horses, instinctively say the horse who, and the horse he or she.
  • She gave me a warm, much-needed hug, and my children instinctively did the same.
  • They instinctively put on different faces, clothes or voices as the situation requires.
  • We instinctively know to wait for a table, sit down, look at the menu and then order our food.
  • If you keep your gaze fixed, others will instinctively get out of the way.
  • The reader reacts instinctively against this thought.
  • It would last longer, come in waves, and people would instinctively shun each other to avoid the spread of the virus.
  • Humans didn't evolve to be able to instinctively evaluate long-term threats.
  • People instinctively marginalize everything else or, in some cases, ignore it altogether.
  • They instinctively oppose electoral reform because they believe they are the natural party of government.
British Dictionary definitions for instinctively

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 instinctively

instinctive

adj.

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

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