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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 instinctual
  • It is normal for me to live with people who speak a different language than me, this is a more instinctual way of living.
  • Nevertheless, snakes produce one of the strongest instinctual fear responses.
  • As you might expect, horses are unexceptional learners, relying heavily on instinctual responses.
  • In a startling way she succeeds--not by opposing her instinctual cynicism but by accepting it.
  • To me, they represent an instinctual aspect of learning behavior.
  • Human morality is instinctual and fits into the evolutionary paradigm.
  • Yellowtail had entered the first instinctual fear-response state, the condition of freezing known as attentive immobility.
  • As the experiments show, animals are by no means robots driven solely by instinctual responses.
  • The power of story is almost part of our instinctual make-up.
  • We learn to counter this instinctual response to run by practicing doing the safe thing.
British Dictionary definitions for instinctual

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 instinctual
adj.

1841, from instinct (Latin instinctus) + -al (1). Related: Instinctually.

instinctive

adj.

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

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