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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
First recorded in 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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  • At this ominous sight, I instinctively seized the bitts for protection.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • He had heard many descriptions of him and he knew him instinctively.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • instinctively the girl looked to Kirkwood; then shifted her glance to their host.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • instinctively she put her head out of the window to look back at them.

  • Tom instinctively slipped behind the trunk of the great oak.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
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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