instinctive

[in-stingk-tiv]
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-uhl] .


Origin:
1640–50; instinct1 + -ive

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


2. spontaneous, intuitive, unpremeditated.
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instinctive or instinctual (ɪnˈstɪŋktɪv)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or resulting from instinct
2.  conditioned so as to appear innate: an instinctive movement in driving
 
instinctual or instinctual
 
adj
 
in'stinctively or instinctual
 
adv
 
in'stinctually or instinctual
 
adv

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Example sentences
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.
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